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Spike O’Sullivan scores crunching stoppage win in Boston

Spike O’Sullivan scored a first knockout in almost a year and a half tonight in Boston.

Co-headlining the Murphys Boxing ‘St Patrick’s Clash 2’ at the House of Blues, O’Sullivan bludgeoned Colombian knockout artist Ronald Montes into a third round retirement.

The big punching Cork middleweight forced his South American foe to pull out after nine minutes of action with a suspected cracked rib.

In what was his first fight since September, O’Sullivan made a slow start, stalking his more active opponent.

The feeling out done, Spike upped the pace in the second, trading shots with the Colombian banger and coming off the better.

Wth Montes having felt the power of the Irishman, he began to retreat into his shell in the third, as O’Sullivan piled on the pressure.

Followin a stanza of domination, Montes did not answer the bell for the fourth, citing an injured rib.

The technical knockout victory sees O’Sullivan improve his record to 24(16)-2(1), while the hurt Montes drop to 17(15)-7(6).

Next up for the Leesider is a resumption of his hunt for a fight with British Olympian Anthony Ogogo .

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