Professional boxing made a successful return to Dublin on Saturday night and Ireland’s young prospects did not disappoint. The 3 debutants all won comfortably with Jay Byrne and Chris Blaney both stopping their opponents in the second round and Eric Donovan producing a classy performance to shut out Damian Lawniczak over 4 rounds.
Jake Hanney was taken the distance for the first time in his career by the tough Innocent Anyanwu but the Dubliner will be delighted to get some rounds under his belt having been out of action since November 2014.
Darren Cruise produced one of the performances of the evening when he stopped the previously undefeated Ferenc Katona in the third round. Darren, now campaigning at Middleweight, looked far more powerful in his new division and has stated his desire to fight for an Irish title before the end of the year. It’s a great division domestically in which Luke Keeler, Alfredo Meli, Jason Quigley and Conrad Cummings would all make for great fights for the title.
Alan Donnellan continued his impressive winning streak, extending his run to 4 in a row, with a shutout victory over Gabor Zsalek. Alan is now in line to challenge Irish Super Middleweight champion JJ McDonagh.
Sean Creagh was very impressive, stopping Gyula Tallosi in the second round while Bernard Roe won all 4 rounds against Marcin Cybulski. Tyrone McCullagh was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career against the very awkward Aleksanders Birkenbergs and Stephen “Shorty” Carroll continued the unbeaten start to his pro career with a points victory over Tamas Laska.
Paul Hyland Junior produced another sensational performance. He stopped Laszlo Fekete in 1 round, his second first round stoppage victory in a row. He has stated his desire to fight Michael Devine for the Irish Lightweight title later this year. Michael also won impressively on Saturday night and with their fan friendly styles, it would be a wonderful fight for fans.