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He told anyone who would listen that Martin Mubiru was a dangerous puncher, and Paul Quinn was certainly proved right at the Feile Fight Night.
The Ugandan took the popular Downpatrick featherweight’s unbeaten record in Belfast on Saturday night stopping him 2:15 into the fifth round.
Mubiru had ‘The Mighty Quinn’ down twice in the third and finished the job with a big right hand in the penultimate stanza.
Although he was showing respect to a fighter who had more knock outs than he had fights Quinn looked comfortable enough in the opening two stanzas – waiting for his chance to land, and countering his opponents windmilling shots to good effect.
Both were cautious early doors, but it looked like a fight that could explode into life at any moment – and it did just that in the third.
Quinn shipped a right hand and hit the floor early in the round, before Mubiru piled on the pressure.
As a result the Downpatrick man stumbled to the canvas for a second time. He seemed in trouble, but managed to land some big hooks of his own before the round ended, much to the delight of his big support and, in particular, two screaming women ringside.
Quinn looked to have taken a quiet fourth round, but complained his leg was causing him trouble when he returned to the corner. He was all but ordered out by his corner, but next time he was on his stool he was being checked by doctors.
Quinn took a big overhand right late in the fifth and flopped to the deck. Despite bravely beating the count, Quinn was deemed unfit to continue by John Lowey.