20 April 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Irelands Golden Boy gave a large Irish contingent a glimpse of a potentially bright future in the MEN arena last Saturday night.
The Irish Prospect of the Year Jamie Kavanagh, who brought over a substantial Dublin contingent to Manchester, cheered up the brilliant Irish fans moments after they were left gutted by the defeat of Paul McCloskey by registering his sixth consecutive pro win. Khans 20 year old Wild Card stablemate recorded a shut out 60-54 reverse over journey man Sid Razak on his European debut.
The former Crumlin amateur and world youth gold medallist proved patience is a virtue he definitely posses after going about his business in a calm manner despite waiting hours to get in the ring. Kavanagh seemed as happy with the result as he did with the large support.
Radaz had a lot of fights and I caught him in the first round with a body shot and wobbled him in the 4th. He just kept moving making it so hard to finish him. He didnt want too throw a lot of punches because of the body shots I was landing. I picked up the win so its al good , Kavanagh said.
Freddie (Roach Kavanaghs trainer) couldnt do my corner because he was in the press conference with Khan. He caught the last three rounds and was happy with the performance. He said they way i composed my self and didnt chase the guy around the ring trying too knock him out when I hurt him was good, he of the win before commenting on fighting so close to home.
The fight was in England which was great, but I still want to fight at home in front of them all. I like fighting America too and that is were I am based. It was great too be in front of such a big Irish crowd. I was due too fight before Khan but ended up fighting after the main event, but a lot of people still stayed. It was great. I am in Spain now relaxing for a week then I am back too America for more fighting. I will be out in June and July I think. I dont like too be out of the gym too long.