By David Boyle: At a packed Fairways hotel in Dundalk on Saturday, Christina McMahon topping the bill made it 5 straight wins with an impressive 79-74 point’s victory against a tough opponent, in Karina Kopinska.
From the start the pole looked to push McMahon back with her long reach making the fight a technical match up. However it was Christina’s ability to adapt that won the fight for the Monahan girl. Counter punching throughout it was a performance beyond her 5 fight career. The contest was cagey throughout with jabs and winging body shots that were scoring for McMahon as Kopinska missed wildly over the head of Christina.
The fifth round signalled the tide was turning in McMahon favour as for the first time she pushed the Pole back and landed some clean hard shots to both body and head.
McMahon nearly got a stoppage win in the 8th and finally round as a winging left hand landed flush and sent Kopinska stumbling to the ropes and in all sorts of trouble, however the final bell came to the rescue.
At 38 Christina will be looking to push on now as quickly as possible as a lack of fights on the women’s boxing scene in Ireland is clearly more challenging at the moment than anything else.
Anthony Fitzgerald came back tonight from the loss to Limerick’s Middleweight, Andy Lee in February with a impressive win against Lazio Haaz over 6 gruelling rounds
It was clear from the start the Fitzgerald was a class above his opponent, however it was the shear bloody minded bravery Haaz that stole the show. Fitzgerald pinged in jabs at will that knocked Haaz head back as well as wide swinging right hands.
In the 3rd round it Fitzgerald had Haaz down the shear number of shots getting to Haaz. But he rose again and continued to fight back as well as cutting Fitzgerald in the process.
The 5th saw Fitzgerald resort to the uppercut to try and unhinge his opponent but Haaz although rocked numerous times survived to the final bell in a very game effort.
Anthony Cacace impressed in his contest with Zolt Nagy with an impressive 6 round points victory against a very game opponent.
The opening 3 rounds Cacace controlled every aspect of the fight but seemed to be trying to hard for the knockout and loading up on his punches, instead of feeling his way into Nagy. However he was rewarded in the 4th round as a lopping right hand dropped Nagy hard to the canvas. To his credit he got up only to be dropped to his knee with a huge uppercut right on the bell.
The bell must have did something to restore his resolve for Nagy continued to fight gamely against the switch hitting Cacace and the Belfast man making in 7 wins on the bounce at super featherweight.
There was Knockout wins for an array of Irish talent Declan Trainor and Philip Sutcliffe, Mathew Wilton and James Tennyson all registering 1st round ko’s although Sutcliffe juniors being more than of a hash by the referee that anything else.
Noel O’Brien at light welterweight came through a messy affair with a 2nd round KO with a thunderous right hand to the top of the head.
But fight of the night had to go to the opening fight between Willie Mitchell from Omagh and Brandon Peake from Mayo. From the start Mitchell fighting out of the crumlin boxing club attacked with clubbing shots with both fist and seemed to take Peake by surprise, pinning him to the ropes throughout, however Peake did land a peach of counter left at the end of the round.
Both men were bloodied in the 2nd as the fight turned into a brutal affair with both men landing hard on one another. For me Peake seemed to get the best of it in the 2nd but visibly tired near the end of the round.
In the 3rd Mitchell steamed out of his corner on the attack and wobbled Peake with thunderous hooks to the point the referee had no option but to stop the contest.