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Weekend Round-up: Mixed results for belt challengers Corcoran & Doyle

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It was a mixed weekend for Irish fighters with wins, losses, and draws.

On Friday in Pittsburg, light welterweight Matt Conway [6(3)-0-1] was held to a six-round split decision draw by Chrisshawn Alexander. ‘Sweet Child’ was disappointed by the result, feeling that he won the majority of the rounds at the Rivers Casino.

Saturday saw Swindon-Wexford cruiser Luke Watkins [9(5)-0] outpoint Dmitrij Kalinovskij over six at the York Hall.

In Cardiff on the big Boxnation show, there were three wins out of four.

Connaught cruiser Gary Sweeney [2(2)-0] stopped Marek Gabor, becoming the first ever boxer to do so, in the third round.

Light welterweight Tyrone McKenna [10(3)-0-1] had a good win in his first fight at the weight. The Belfast man outpointed the tricky Chris Adaway 60:54.

Belfast super flyweight Jamie Conlan [17(11)-0] scored a two round demolition of the overmatched Patrik Bartos.

In the bad-tempered headline bout, London-Irishman Gary Corcoran [15(6)-1(1)] was stopped in the eleventh round of his British light middleweight title fight with home favourite Liam Williams.

At the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester there was a brilliant win for Ruthless Ryan Doyle [13(7)-1(1)-1]. The Manchester-Dub outpointed Ian Bailey to win the English featherweight title and to exert revenge for the only professional loss of his career.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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