Thursday 18 July 2019

McGregor shows support for Katie as Tennyson's bid for title is undone

Conor McGregor poses with Katie Taylor following her WBA & IBF Female Lightweight World title bout against Cindy Serrano. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor McGregor poses with Katie Taylor following her WBA & IBF Female Lightweight World title bout against Cindy Serrano. Photo: Sportsfile

Seán McGoldrick

Conor McGregor was the star celebrity at Saturday's show in the TD Garden, a venue he packed to the rafters when he fought there in 2015. He is no longer a world champion, but his popularity remains undiminished.

As is his wont, he made a grand entrance as Belfast's James Tennyson's bid to become the city's latest world champion began.

Earlier, McGregor had visited Katie Taylor's dressing room to wish her well and he returned there after the contest and was photographed with the Bray fighter and her world title belts.

But he didn't proffer the Taylor camp a case of his new whiskey. "We asked him about it all right," said Katie, tongue firmly in cheek.

"He has always been supportive of me over the years and it was great to have him here tonight. I really appreciated him coming."

Sadly, it was a night to forget for 25-year-old Tennyson who suffered a fifth-round stoppage defeat against defending title holder Tevin Farmer in their IBF world super featherweight title clash.

McGregor's entry into the Arena just as the bell to signal the start of the contest was rung proved a major distraction for the fans, but the challenger started well and could have nicked the second round.

Vicious

But he took his first standing count in the fourth round when he was caught by a vicious body shot.

He comfortably survived the count and finished the stanza on the front foot. But when he hit the canvas again in the first 90 seconds of the fifth round, the referee decided to halt proceedings without finishing the count, much to Tennyson's annoyance.

But the statistics underlined how much Farmer was in control. He threw 315 punches compared to 268 for the Irishman, landing 103 of them compared to 45 for Tennyson.

But the 25-year-old Poleglass boxer has recovered from previous KO losses and he can do so again.

Meanwhile, Gorey native Niall Kennedy will be back on the beat as a member of the Gardaí in Wicklow town on Wednesday having returned to winning ways against former MMA fighter Brendan Barrett in a six-round heavyweight bout which threatened to degenerate into anarchy at times.

The challenger executed what looked like a Judo move on the Irishman flinging him to the floor in round 2. "I thought there was a choke coming next when he threw me. He was unorthodox to say the least. I have a dead right-a**e cheek and I don't think I'm supposed to have one of those in boxing," said Kennedy.

Elsewhere, Belfast's Seán McComb secured his fourth win since turning professional in August when he stopped Carlos Galindo in the third round.

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