Brilliant Tyrone McKenna forces valiant Sean Creagh into submission

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One of the most anticipated fights of the year in terms of Irish boxing, Tyrone McKenna and Sean Creagh did battle tonight in Belfast.

A huge clash of styles, and with the differences in skill levels telling, Creagh was eventually pulled out at the end of the fifth. While the Dublin pocket rocket enjoyed sports of success, the heavier-looking and more frequent shots were landed by MGM’s McKenna.

There was no love lost between the pair in the build up and they went right at it from the off, with McKenna landing the greater number of shots, with the short uppercut on the inside working particularly well. Creagh would keep charging forward trying to pin his man to the ropes and he did enjoy some success in the corner at one point.

McKenna had more joy with big straight shots in the second, dominating in terms of shots landed, while Creagh continued to force him on to the ropes.

Creagh began to land some meaty looking hooks in the third, his best round of the fight thus far, while McKenna’s sneaky uppercut continued to be deployed with accuracy.

McKenna went back to his boxing skills in the fourth frame, outboxing the Dubliner with relative ease, although Creagh did land a hook just before the bell that grabbed his attention and elicited a smirk.

The Might Celt’s dominance continued into the fifth, a round which Creagh had never seen, and he hurt the Tallaght man badly. McKenna continued to land volley after volley until the end of the round and Creagh’s corner would pull their man out at the break.

After a hugely exciting bout, the win sees McKenna stretch his unbeaten record to 12(4)–0-1, while the brave Creagh suffers the first blemish on his ledger, dropping to 4(2)-1(1).

The impressive victory can help catapult a sharp-looking McKenna into further big fights, and the 26 year old has his eye on the British title (currently held by Tyrone Nurse). Despite the loss, Creagh has won himself many admirers throughout the build up and it is hoped that the he will be rewarded with further big fights in the future after having the courage to take this clash.

Joe O'Neill

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