More Gayns- Liam Gaynor registers victory over potentially dangerous journey man


Liam Gaynor is starting to make up for lost time after making it two wins in two months on the MTK Profesionals fight night from Bolton tonight.

The Kilnamanagh native impressed his way to a shut out points victory over Oldham native Taka Bembere.

The Tallaght fighter only ended a frustrating 20 month sabbatical with a points win over Brett Fidoe at the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles in July and followed it up in relative quick fashion by defeating a fighter who holds a stoppage win over Belfast native Matthew Fitzsimons. 

The well the supported 21-year-old stalked sensibly in the first round and fought off a solid jab. Two right hands stung  Bembere midway through the stanza, but Gaynor had to be wary of some wild swings coming back in his direction.

Gaynor backed the Oldham based Zimbabwean to the ropes for the majority of the second and cleverly found space from which to land clean. However he was caught with two threatening right hands on the occasions he threw a bit of caution to the win.

Bembere looked to move more in the third, but the Tallaght native cut the ring off well and showed good variety as he banked another round.

The local fighter had a go in patches in the last round, which at the very least ensured the Irish fighter got a work out, but Gaynor matched him in the flurries and was in no mood to coast.

As the round wore on he looked to be reaping the reward for some good body work and he finished what was the closest of the three rounds the stronger.

It’s a massive turn around for a fighter, who had to wait nearly two years to build on teen triumphs over two of the better journeymen Krystzstof Rogowski and Alec Bazza.

Gaynor has now teamed up with Alex Matvienko at the Elite Boxing Gym in Bolton and Steve Wood’s VIP Promotions. They hope to keep him busy this year before he looks toward domestic titles in 2020. 

Gaynor now pushes his record to 4-0 while his opponent, who has three more fights already lined up, slips to 1-11-0.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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