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WATCH (Full Fight): Niall Kennedy’s brilliant title win v Alexis Santos

Niall Kennedy claimed one of the wins of the year for Irish fighters on Friday night.

The Wexford heavyweight travelled to Connecticut and the Foxwoods Resort and Casino to take on New England champion Alexis Santos.

An underdog, Kennedy boxed brilliantly to claim a split decision win.

‘Boom Boom Baz’ made strong start, endured some tough middle rounds, and came on strong down the stretch. Kennedy then endured a final round charge from Santos, exhibiting an iron chin as the American looked to rescue a knockout win.

Watch Alexis Santos v Niall Kennedy in full below:

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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