I was beaten by a better man, says Kennedy
Wexford heavyweight Niall Kennedy admitted that America's Devin Vargas was a different class after losing for the first time in his career to the Athens 2004 Olympian in Boston on Saturday night.
The Ohio puncher, stopped by Anthony Joshua's conqueror Andy Ruiz last year, battered the Gorey Garda into submission near the end of the fifth round.
Kennedy, unbeaten in 14 fights going into ten-rounder, started well but soaked up some heavy shots in the middle frames and the referee waved it off with just a few seconds remaining in the fifth.
"No excuses, beaten by a better man. I just was not at Devin's level. Heartbroken, but I am blessed and grateful for all the support and my beautiful family," said 35-year-old Kennedy who had Paschal Collins in his corner.
Collins will be joined by Cork light-middle Gary O'Sullivan in New England today as the Leesider meets Argentina's Diego Marocchi at Boston's Encore Harbour on Friday night in a stay busy outing.
O'Sullivan, who will have Collins in his corner, has a world title eliminator lined up for September 14 on the Jaime Munguia versus Patrick Allotey undercard in Los Angeles.