Saturday 19 August 2017

Boxing: Kavanagh makes dream start to pro career

Bernard O'Neill

DUBLINER Jamie Kavanagh made a dream start to his pro career with a second-round stoppage of American super-lightweight Willie Ware at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Kavanagh, who claimed a silver medal at the AIBA 2008 World Youth Championships boxing out of the Crumlin BC, floored his Tennessee-born opponent twice before the ref called a halt at 1:39 into the round.

Both men were on the Amir Khan versus Paul Malignaggi undercard, which Khan won following an 11th-round stoppage.

Kavanagh, who is fluent in Spanish from living in Spain as a teenager, has been training at Freddie Roach's famous Wild Card gym in LA and has sparred with the legendary Manny Pacquiao.

Meanwhile, Ireland claimed one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Lithuania on Saturday.

Philip Sutcliffe, Eamon O'Kane, Ryan Lindberg and Willie McLaughlin all finished in podium positions. Crumlin light-welterweight Sutcliffe claimed gold following a 4-2 win over Marius Palionis of Lithuania.

But O'Kane had to be content with silver after his middleweight clash with Citalij Bondarenko of Belarus was stopped in the second round.

The Immaculate Club in Belfast have four boxers in next Friday's National Youth Championships finals -- John Meli, Eamon Magee, James Fryers and Gavin McComb all progressed. Ireland's Chris Phelan and Kieran Forde also sealed last four wins.

Irish Independent

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