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Niall Kennedy eyes “massive” Boston breakthrough bout

Niall Kennedy [13(8)-0-1] kept ticking over and kept building the record on Saturday night but believes the big time is coming up soon.

Having seen a fight with top U.S. prospect Darmani Rock fall through on the big Matchroom show in Philadelphia, Kennedy was instead in action on the Murphys Boxing bill in Boston.

Here he quickly disposed of faded former cruiserweight title challenger Michael Marrone, taking out the Florida puncher inside a round, and the Wexford big man hopes it will be his final ‘small’ fight.

34-year-old Kennedy is keen on progression having gotten the experience in since his step-up upset win over Alexis Santos back in September 2017.

A re-fixed fight date with former World Youth Championships gold medallist Rock appeals but it is not the only path being pursued by the Irishman.

The Gorey Garda outlined how “our plan is… we really want high-level lads, good names, unbeaten prospects.”

“The likes of Alexis Santos is in the past, we want people that are going to push us on.”

“We want to be in Top 20 by the end of 2019. I’ve trust in my company [Murphys Boxing], I’ve trust in Packie [Collins], we’re working hard to make sure it gets there.”

However, it’s not just a big fight or an away corner opportunity, Kennedy is keen to keep building in Boston.

Promoted by Murphys Boxing – who haved worked with Al Haymon, Golden Boy, and Matchroom over the years – Kennedy would like a big fight in Beantown.

The Celtic Warriors man, who sparred with unified champ Anthony Joshua in 2017, featured on the last Matchroom show in the city while Golden Boy are said to be considering a card there soon.

Should more major bills take place at the Agganis Arena or TD Garden, Kennedy is keen to be a major part of it and described how “I’m very lucky, I’m with Ken Casey and Sean Sullivan [Murphys Boxing bosses].”

“I believe we’re going to get a massive fight back here very soon. Big fights are around the corner.”

“This is my eleventh fight here and you’ve been fantastic to me.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie