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Weekend Round-Up: Title win for O’Donnell

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It was a topsy-turvy win on Saturday night across the Irish Sea, with step-up wins, shock defeats, and a new title-holder.

The biggest win of the weekend came at the York Hall in London where Galway welterweight John O’Donnell claimed the BBBoC Southern Area title with a clear points win over Tommy Tear. The London-based switch-hitter was too strong and too busy for his Slough opponent and took the win and the belt on a 98-93 scoreline. O’Donnell, now 31(11)-2(1), has set his sights on fighting for Johnny Garton’s English title next.

On the undercard in Bethnal Green, London-Dub Aarron Morgan had a 60:54 points win over high level Hungarian journeyman Laszlo Fazekas to move to 12(8)-0, while journeymen Paul O’Brien and Casey Blair got the rounds in with Mario Petrov and Danny Murphy respectively.

In Manchester at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Con Sheehan made light work of his first eight-round fight, needing just over half a round to stop Czechian Radak Varek. The Tipperary heavyweight, now 3(1)-0, in now eligible to fight for titles and is aiming for an Irish title fight on November 5th in Belfast.

Also on the card in Manchester, Matty Mainwaring moved to 4(0)-0 with a 39:37 points win over Portuguese journeyman Yailton Neves.

At the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, Chris Blaney moved to 3(1)-0 with a points win over local journeyman Mark Till. The Ginger Ninja suffered a nasty gash on his nose which will take a short time to heal but will be looking to be back in action before the end of 2016.

Up in Glasgow there was a mixed night for Dublin fighters. Clondalkin’s Stephen Ormond was shockingly stopped with a perfect body shot in the fifth of six scheduled rounds by Zoltan Szabo. The Rock was down in the first but seemed to have regained control of the bout before the finishing punch that left him down for the count. 33 year old Ormond now falls to 21(11)-3(1) and his next move in the game looks unsure.

It was a better night for Declan Geraghty who finally made the step up to eight rounds and cruised to an 80:72 win over Johnson Tellez. It was an easy win for Geraghty who improves to 13(3)-1(0)and is now hoping for a title fight in his next contest.

Finally, Kildare/Offaly amateur Shannon Edge was outpointed by Norwegian starlet Madeleine Angelsen on the undercard of the historic Cecilia Braekhus v Anne Sophie Mathis World title fight at The Spektrum in Oslo.

Photo Credit – Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia)

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