Weekend Round-Up: Results for all the Irish
It was nine wins out of ten at the weekend for Irish fighters around the globe.
Irish-Canadian light heavy Tim Cronin kicked us off on Thursday in Toronto with a one-sided six-round points win over Kristof Demendi of Slovakia.
On Saturday morning in Sydney Joe Rea ended a nineteen-fight winless streak with victory in a four round bout over Chinese contender Yong Zhang
In Plymouth that night, Irish-Guernsey middleweight Tom Duff made his comeback from long-term illness and injury to defeat Polish veteran Robert Studzinski on a technical decision after a third round clash of heads.
In Leeds at the First Direct Arena there was a win for bantamweight Ryan Burnett over Mexican Cesar Ramirez after a tricky ten rounds. Frankie Gavin also made return to the ring following his World title defeat to Kell Brook last year, with the former Irish light welterweight champion stopping Croatian journeyman Ivo Gogosevic in the sixth and final round
There was no joy in the headline bout of the Sky Sports card, with an off-the-pace Pajo Hyland falling to a ninth round stoppage defeat against Matchroom featherweight star Josh Warrington.
On the US East Coast there were plenty of wins for Irish fighters. On a Murphy’s Boxing show in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Wexford heavyweight Niall Kennedy stopped Willie Palms in the second round. On the same card Athlone welter Paddy Irwin needed less than a round to finish debutant Khaaliq Core.
In Brooklyn at the Barclays Centre, Tyrone middleweight Conrad Cummings sent the crowd into raptures with a six-round war against Dante Moore, emerging the victor on points.
And last but not least, Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz to win the WBA featherweight title. No big deal.