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Rematch revenge for Gerard Healy in comeback bout

Gerard Healy was back in the ring tonight in Belfast,

Out for over 22 months, ‘Boom Boom’ was back on the Kieran Farrell Promotions ‘A New Era’ card at The Devenish Venue on the Finaghy Road.

Initially due to face Irish Tommy Carter, Healy was instead given the opportunity to avenge his 2012 defeat to slick journeyman Willie Warburton.

The Belfast fighter had been outpointed over four that time in the Ulster Hall, but there would be no repeat here.

A cagey opener saw Warburton paw a few jabs while Healy sought to work the body, eventually getting the English journeyman in a corner at the close of the round to seal the stanza.

Both boxers switched southpaw at the start of the second, but Healy would soon return orthodox and force Warburton to the ropes and then again send him stumbling intoa corner followed up by a quick salvo. Exchanging stances again, Healy would land a big left hook at the bell.

The Irish 33 year old was beginning to show a bit of swagger, stalking his man and dropping his hands. Healy then should have had a knockdown ruled as he sent Warburton sprawling to the ropes following a nice body-head combo which lead to one of the Englishman’s gloves touching the canvas, but a count was not administered.

Warburton finally began to up his output in the final round, but it was Helay landing the meatier shots as the fight came to a close.

Going to the card Healy was given the sweet revenge on a scoreline of 40:36.

the morale-boosting comeback win sees Healy improve to 6(0)-4(1)-1, as Warburton drops to 23(4)-111(2)-9.

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