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Pádraig McCrory puts himself in the “shop window” with unbelievable KO

Pádraig McCrory [3(2)-0] put himself in the shop window on Saturday night with a knockout punch that has gone viral.

The Belfast super middleweight has amicably parted company with manager Kieran Farrell and is currently on the lookout for a new backer.

McCrory will have done himself no harm on the ‘Danger at The Devenish 3’ card at the weekend in Belfast, with an early KO of the Year contender.

The 29-year-old rendered Dublin-based Dominican Manny Bique [0-3(2)] unconscious with a hellacious right hand that left the Caribbean boxer contorted on the canvas like an unused marionette.

“People that I hit, they seem to get hurt,” said McCrory afterwards. “Three fights and I’ve put them all on the floor – although I’ve never knocked somebody out cold like that! He was out cold.”

While the stoppage was certainly eye-catching, the Ray Ginley-trained puncher sees room to improve, and noted how “I’m not happy with the performance, I’m happy with the result.”

“I got carried away in the first round, guns blazing, looking for the shots. I recomposed. He caught me with one or two, he was game to fight, but I knew once I caught him clean that I was going to knock him out.”

“All the lads say I punch hard in sparring, I’m hurting people, and Lewis [Crocker] said to me just before that I have the best one-two he’s ever seen – and that’s what it was, a one-two that he just walked straight onto.”

McCrory stole the show inside the ring and out, bringing by far the largest crowd of the night and he hopes that this can help him progress his career.

The St James’s man described how “there was a massive amount of fans there and I always try to put on a good show.”

“I’ve no manager, that’s the main thing next, if something comes up, and someone’s willing to sign me under their banner. I was using that as a shop window, so people could see that I’m not only a good ticket-seller, but I’m a good fighter.”

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


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