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Pauly Upton stops Maughan to claim Irish title

Pauly Upton last night became the first of the three boxing brothers to claim a professional belt when he stopped Terry Maughan to grab the Irish title.

The twp squared off at the Deco Theatre for the Irish light middleweight crown and it was Upton who emerged victorious via a sixth round stoppage.

The Belfast-raised Upton, the elder brother of Anto and Sonny, began the quicker, and had Maughan momentarily stunned in the opening stanza.

Upton remained on top throughout the first half of the fight, but was made to work for each and every second by the immensely brave Nottingham fighter.

The end came in the sixth round, with Maughan being stopped standing following an unanswered barrage by the Rick Hatton-trained fighter.

With both fighters hugely proud of their heritage, there was much emotion when the result was read out, and the vociferous Upton support went into raptures when their man was presented with boxing’s second most famous green belt.

The inside-the-distance victory sees Upton stretch his unbeaten record to [12(2)-0], while the game Maughan drops to [10(0)-6(6)-1].

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