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Victory for The Viking Maguire in Marbella

Dublin’s David ‘The Viking’ Maguire made a successful return to the ring in Marbella tonight with a win on MGM’s ‘Lights Out at the Plaza’ show. The 38 year old cruiserweight had been sidelined for nine months but showed little ill-effect and scored a comprehensive victory over Lithuania’s Rolandas Cesna.

Maguire, who throughout showed fitness that belied his 38 years, began quickly and showed no signs of ring rust, immediately attacking his opponent to the body. By the second round, Cesna had already felt the effects of these attacks and was visibly tired. Smelling blood, Maguire began to throw big punches looking for the stoppage, although failing to land clean.

Undeterred, ‘The Viking’ continued to swing until the end of the third when he landed a massive overhand on CCesna but did not have enough time to finish the Lithuanian journeyman. The Baltic cruiser was in full survival mode for the final three minutes and, to his credit, survived until the final bell.

All three judges unanimously agreed that Maguire won every round (40-36 x3), and with his energy levels, the Dubliner will be a tough task for anyone on the domestic scene.

With the win, Maguire improves his record to 4 and will be aiming to step up through the ranks quickly as he searches for titles. Journeyman Cesna, a former foe of Steve Collins Jr., Declan Timlin, and Tommy McCarthy, fell to [3(0)-27(6)-2].

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