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Shock stoppage defeat for Stephen Ormond

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Stephen Ormond suffered shock and spectacular stoppage defeat in Scotland on Saturday night.

Making his MGM debut ‘The Rock’ looked destined to put behind him the disappointment of being dropped in the first round to register victory over a durable and live foe.

However, the popular Dub was caught with a brilliant body punch in round five and couldn’t recover to beat the count and eventually suffered his third career defeat at the gloves of Zoltan Szabo.

Ormond looked in control from the off and despite the fact Szabo looked game he was being out worked.

However, the away fighter stole the round by becoming the first man to drop the Clondalkin puncher with a beautifully timed right hand.

Ormond returned to the corner smiling and seemed to instantly put the adversity behind him, but was warned by coach Pascal Collins to keep concentration and respect his foe’s power.

The 33 year old impressed from the second on with trade mark high work rate sprinkled with flashes of quality.

Szabo was still live, but Ormond was on top and looked destined for victory.

However, 1:42 into round five of the scheduled six the Hungarian pulled out a perfectly timed body shot. Szabo landed a left hook that prompted a delayed reaction from a fighter, who looked destined for a World title shot earlier in the year and Ormond couldn’t beat the count.

It appears a devastating defeat for the Celtic Warrior Gym fighter particularly as it comes not long after he failed to make weight for a World title eliminator in America.

However, it has to be said Ormond was on top for large periods and some might point to the fact the fight was at welterweight as a massive factor behind the stoppage.

Ormond’s record now reads 22(12)-3(0), while his foe moved to 12(6)-2(2) after the Boxnation broadcast bout.

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