By David Boyle at ringside: The National Boxing Arena Dublin was the venue for a double European title fight night on Saturday, which also boosted an array of Irish boxing talent.
Topping the bill was Belfast’s Brian Magee (34-3-1),defending his European super middleweight title against Armenia’s Roman Aramyan.
From the start it was clear that Magee was a class above his opponent and Magee tried his hardiest to get the challenger out of there within the first round. Throwing crisp sharp punches Magee connected through Aramyan’s crab like shell. However Aramyan was a very tough opponent and it would take the Irishman a while to break him down.
Magee was working well behind the jab, with accurate left hands and right body shots. Occasionally in the opening rounds Magee opened up with lead right hooks that troubled his opponent. Aramyan on the other hand kept coming forward and pressing the fight, but just didn’t posses the speed or class to land anything of substance.
From the sixth round onwards it was just a case of when the referee decided to stop the fight. Magee stepped up the pace and was chopping at his opponent with heavy right hooks over Aramyan’s jab and bombing in with the left cross.
The eight round was a torrid time for the Armenian as Magee totally outgunned him, punishing Aramyan with every punch in his arsenal. Aramyan was literally being punched from pillar to post.
Having felt that the fight could well have been stopped at the end of the sixth round this reporter was glad to see the referee going over to Aramyan’s corner and stop the fight at the end of the eighth round.
Kiko Martinez is the new European super bantamweight champion after a very un-ambitious points win over Arsen Martiosyan. The first round started with a bang as Kiko tried to KO Martiosyan early. But it wasn’t to be as Arsen was a lot tougher than Kiko thought.
The fight was competitive throughout with Martiosyan coming forward and Martinez adopting a more counter punching role. Although there wasn’t much to get excited about, it was a tough punishing fight and Martinez came out the deserved winner with a unanimous decision.
Next for the Spanish champion is a date in Limerick against Prizefighter champion Willie “Big Bang” Casey. Promoter Brian Peters is holding a press conference in Limerick on Monday to announce the fight.
Other results from Dublin saw the to Cuban duo Alexi Acosta 11-0-0 (11 ko’s) and Luis Garcia 8-0 (6ko’s) extending their unbeaten records with stoppage wins.
There were also wins for Coleman Barrett at heavyweight, Paul Hyland at super bantamweight, and Anthony Fitzgerald 9-2 (2ko’s) regained his Irish super middleweight title in a hotly contest Dublin derby with Robbie Long 4-2 (1ko).
September 11, 2010