Friday 30 September 2016

Heavyweight Con Sheehan makes winning start to professional career

Sean McGoldrick

Published 20/01/2016 | 10:35

Con Sheehan at the 2014 National Senior Boxing Championship Finals
Con Sheehan at the 2014 National Senior Boxing Championship Finals

Former Irish amateur heavyweight champion Con Sheehan has made a winning debut in the professional ranks.

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The Clonmel native comfortably beat another rookie professional Jonathan Rice over four rounds at the Nokia Club in Los Angeles.

It was Rice’s fourth fight in the professional ranks; he drew his first in February of last year but then won two before going down to the Irishman last night.

Sheehan, a six time Irish amateur champion, weighed in an incredible four stone lighter than Rice who tipped the scales at nearly nineteen and a half stone. But apart from a clash of heads in the third round the Irishman controlled the bout.

Managed by Cork based promoter Gary Hyde, Sheehan is based in Los Angeles where he is trained by legendary boxing coach Virgil Hunter who also trains former two time World champion Amir Khan.

After the fight Sheehan tweeted ‘Good steady win against a monster and good fighter. Nice to get the ball rolling. Thanks for support.’

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