The Fantasy Irish Boxing Super Series continued today with our closest tournament yet.
Today it was the turn of the pro welterweights and it was a day of close fights, upsets, and plenty of debate.
Borrowing from the game-changing World Boxing Super Series format, eight fighters were virtually pitted against each other in a single-elimination knockout tournament.
After a day of polls, Olympic gold medallist (and pro world title challenger) Michael Carruth came out on top.
The Dubliner defeated Belfast surprise package Paddy Gallagher in the final after the pair came through a field that also included world champions Eamonn Loughran and Crisanto Espana, along with John O’Donnell, Peter McDonagh, Derek Roach, and Neil Sinclair.
There were knockouts across the board in the quarter-finals, with Gallagher most notably stopping Espana, while Sinclair, Carruth, and Loughran stopped Roche, McDonagh, and O’Donnell respectively.
Gallagher built on his sensational win with a points triumph over Sinky in the semis, while Carruth edged Loughran on a split.
That all led to the tighest final yet, Gallagher v Carruth, Commonwealth gold versus Olympic gold, Belfast v Dublin.
‘The Pat Man’ raced into an early lead but was clawed back by Carruth who would claim his second successive split-decision scalp, winning out 52% to 48% in the public vote