The Celtic Conflict collection roared again into gear this afternoon and night in Spain.
The Boxing Eire Promotions battle night time went on the highway for its eleventh instalment, rocking up within the Alicante suburb of Guardamar the place eleven Irish fighters took to the ring – and so they weren’t in Kansas anymore.
Three boxers fell to defeats in an evening the place the other aspect of the invoice got here to battle, and the officers weren’t giving any favours.
The defeats for Martin Quinn, Julio Cesar, and debutant Alan O’Connor will maybe seize the preliminary consideration however there was loads extra on present – together with an exhilarating begin to professional life for Dylan Wilson, potent reintroductions for Robbie Burke and Danny Keating, and a reminder served by Stephen McAfee.
Certainly, the drama started earlier than a punch had been thrown. Whereas Cavan gentle middleweight Dominic Donegan had been pressured off the present earlier within the week, Belfast bantam Cathy McAleer cruelly found herself without an opponent just this morning.
The present, in fact, went on – with two casualties from an preliminary listing of 13 nonetheless arguably a ‘strong’ return – and it was as much as Kerry gentle heavy Kevin Cronin [4(2)-0] to get issues underway. ‘The Kingdom Warrior’ didn’t have all of it his personal manner towards Bulgarian Daniel Borisov however, a aggressive second apart, nonetheless appeared to win each spherical. Cronin was not joyful together with his efficiency however might have been left much more disenchanted had the judges’ scorecards tipped any additional in direction of Borisov – a majority resolution elevating some early eyebrows.
🔥And Nonetheless Undefeated 4-0👑⚔️🔥
Not my greatest efficiency, needed to Chew down and present some Grit🙈
Again right into a Lengthy Camp so I can as much as 8 Rounds the place I belong so I can do my factor at my greatest👊
— Kingdom Warrior (@KevinCronin1996) June 26, 2021
Dublin tremendous middleweight Robbie Burke [3(3)-0] wasn’t leaving something to the judges and put Norbert Magyar down twice within the opener as he staked his declare as Eire’s premier home puncher between 168lbs and 175lbs. Is a Cronin-Burke match-up this yr a practical risk?
He dropped Norbert Magyar twice on path to a 1st spherical stoppage win to maneuver to 4-0
— Boxing Tickets NI (@BoxingTicketsNI) June 26, 2021
The third of three fighters round these two divisions had a a lot more durable night time. Belfast’s Julio Cesar [3(1)-5(4)] had maybe the hardest match on the cardboard versus Spanish hardman Fernando Heredia, was damage after mere moments of the opening bell, was put down a number of occasions, and was finally stopped within the second spherical.
Julio Cesar stopped in spherical 2!
He acquired hit with an enormous punch to begin the battle and by no means recovered, was dropped twice by Fernando Heredia earlier than the referee rightly waived it off
— Boxing Tickets NI (@BoxingTicketsNI) June 26, 2021
Belfast welter Owen O’Neill [6(0)-0] had a troublesome 4 rounder towards Petar Aleksandrov however confirmed good conditioning to scrap it out by 4 aggressive rounds the place he maybe beforehand would have wilted.
One of the crucial spectacular fighters on the invoice was Cork gentle center Danny Keating [4(3)-0] who dominated his 4 rounder with Geiboord Omier, wanting a category above and positively indicating that his profession ceiling is larger than most.
Transferring all the way down to welterweight, Owen Duffy [5(2)-2(1)] had it put as much as him by Alexander Zeledon however his superior conditioning gained out in the long run. The Monaghan man’s subsequent transfer now could be particularly fascinating.
A late alternative, Hungarian Szylvester Ajtai proved to be the one bitter observe on the cardboard – providing no resistance in anyway to the returning Jake Hanney who chopped by him in lower than a spherical.
Transferring into the second half of the invoice, issues began to get loopy.
All of it appeared to be going to plan, with Clondalkin gentle welter debutant Alan O’Connor [0-1(0)] wanting surprisingly easy versus Nicaraguan Eligio Palacios. Regardless of giving up a little bit of measurement, O’Connor managed the battle off the jab however two of the judges disagreed, by some means scoring the bout 40-36 and 39-37 to Palacios, overruling a 39-37 for the Irishman. Even Palacios’s coach, apparently, disagreed with the ultimate verdict.
It rapidly then turned a double hit as Crumlin gentle welter Martin Quinn [3(1)-2(0)] was confronted with an especially aggressive and recreation opponent in Ezequiel Gregores. Whereas Quinn was evidently the extra cultured boxer, he maybe lacked the ring sharpness and health to totally take care of the relentless Argentine who managed to work his technique to a majority resolution victory,
One other Clondalkin debutant, the Kenny Egan-trained Dylan Wilson [1(0)-0], had an evening to recollect. The kickboxing convert was concerned in an almighty struggle with Fernando Gandarias, coming by the wild scrap a factors winner. A second spherical knockdown and any variety of big, clear pictures on the Spaniard’s chin couldn’t cease Gandarias pouring ahead all through in a brawl that had all of it.
Lastly it was left to Stephen McAfee [7(3)-1(1)-1] to shut the present and he did so in fashion, dominating the sport and probably harmful Sergio Gonzalez. The Argentine had no reply to McAfee’s assault and did effectively to hold with the Sallynoggin slugger. Transferring now into his tenth battle, a fifth home outing appeals – versus anybody.
Whereas not a clear sweep for the secure, the present actually offered leisure and laid a base for the collection’s return to Eire with editions 12 and 13 being deliberate for Belfast and Dublin respectively. Small corridor is again, child.