26 July 2010 – Cormac Campbell
Warrenpoint puncher Declan Trainor looks set to take on Jamie Bogovic in a September rematch despite having stopped the Aussie in the first round.
Cruiserweight Bogovic, a two-time Australian amateur champion and Commonwealth Games representative, had been touted for a successful professional career. A first round KO victory over Filipo Fonti in his debut last December and the backing of ring legend Jeff Fenech, seemed to confirm that he would develop into a major attraction.
Trainor clearly hadnt read the script and in front of a live TV audience on Fox Sports he bludgeoned Bogovic into defeat within a round.
Entering the ring to the Dropkick Murphys anthem Shipping up to Boston Trainor looked to be the epitome of confidence. Indeed, a sizeable wager on the outcome of the contest had been discussed backstage. In terms of the reception received from those in attendance, and indeed the build-up afforded by the MC, it was clear that Bogovic was the home fighter.
However, Trainor quickly dampened their spirits by flooring Bogovic with a big right hand just one minute into the fight. The shot clearly reworked the structure of Bogovics nose and prompted a gush of blood that ultimately stopped the contest.
Speaking to irish-boxing.com after the fight, Trainor said a rematch was in the offing.
I was expecting it to be a close fight but I knew that I had the power in the right hand and if I could just catch him it would work for me, he said.
I think they are looking a rematch to prove that they are good enough to beat me but I will be in even better shape for the next match. I never think anything is a risk, I say you have to beat the best to be the best so I really don’t mind who I get matched up with.