By David Boyle: In the Fairways Hotel Dundalk a selection of Irish boxers were on show on Friday night.
Dublins Philip Sutcliffe Jnr. Extended his undefeated record to 3-0-0 with a first round destruction of tough Bulgarian Radoslave Mitev. From the opening bell Sutcliffe started fast with a solid jab and body shows from both hands. Winging in the right hook to the body Sutcliffe pushed back Mitev to the ropes continuously and with a left and right hook to the body dropped the Bulgarian who was unable to beat the count as he tried to get his wind back.
An impressive display by the Dublin Welterweight and things are definitely on the rise for this young prospect.
The son of former Middleweight kingpin Steve Collins, Steven Collins Jnr. Had his professional debut on Friday night against a tough former K1 fighter Moses Matuvu from Uganda.
Having never boxed as an amateur it was clear that Collins as a lot to learn having avoided throwing the jab through the 4 round fight. However weaving in and out and throwing hurtful hooks with both hands to the body was enough to win the fight threerounds to one on the referees score card.
With his famous cousin Tyson Fury on hand to support him, Hughie Fury continued his unbeaten run at heavyweight with a dominate win over Croatian Ivica Petrovic with a dominant display of cool boxing ability, stopping Petrovic on his stool at the end of the fifth round.
Middleweight prospect made it two out of two with a four round destruction of veteran Tommy Tolan, breaking Tolan down and staggering him throughout to a 40-36 victory over four rounds.
And Finally topping the bill was Newry’s Patrick Murphy fighting his first professional fight on home soil having chalked up 8 wins undefeated in Austrailia. However he found out that things inside the ropes is a lot tougher in the northern hemisphere In the shape of Peter McDonagh from Co. Galway.
In a fight that what lacked in skill certainly didn’t in guts both men gave it there all with thunderous shots exchanged throughout the fight which was fought over the eighth round distance.
At the final bell Micky Vann called it a draw 77-77 to the anger of Murphys home crowd., but it was clear that the result was a close discision and a tough one to call.