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Successful step up for Tinker – Kelly scores upset of the year

Matthew Tinker successfully register another small step up on a card that saw Jimmy Kilrain Kelly register an upset of the year candidate.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Tinker extended his unbeaten start with a victory over an American at the Whitesands Events Center in Plant City, Florida.

The former St Francis amateur successfully navigated another step up as he out-scored Brandon Maddox over six rounds.

Maddox asked questions of the National Elite Championship finalist, questions Tinker ultimately had the answer to, claiming a 58-56, 58-56, 59-55 win.

Manchester born Kelly whose father hails from Kilkenny scored a ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten Kanat “QazaQ” Islam.

The two time Olympian and WBO#8 came to the ring as 20-1 on favourite but was outboxed by a fighter who often talks up his Irish roots and recently sought a BUI licence. Kelly, a former Dennis Hogan foe, won by a scorecard of 95-95, 96-94, 97-93 and picked up the vacant WBO global title.

“I thought I won every round,” said Kelly. “I even hurt my hand and could only box with my jab during the last four rounds. Despite that, I still feel I won every round. I felt his pressure, but I didn’t feel his power. Kanat was looking for the counter all night, but I didn’t let him do it.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com