Castlebar undercard wrap up

August 13 Jonny Stapleton

Patrick Hyland emulated bill topper Henry Coyle by recording a stoppage win over Italian opposition in Castlebar on Friday night.

No amount of spinach could have helped Fabrizio ‘Popeye’ Trotta as the Punisher bludgeoned rather than tickled the former European title challengers ribs pink over three one sided rounds.

The WBF featherweight champ, who is predicting a step up in level over the next 12 months, had Trotta down twice with left hooks to the body before referee David Irvine stopped the one sided affair midway through the fourth stanza.

Hyland seemed disgruntled by his opponent somewhat dirty approach to proceedings and reacted accordingly.

The Tallaght fighter whipped venomous hooks to the body and Trotta eventually feel to Hyland’s power.

The Dubliner will now be looking to succeed were previously long term unbeaten stars Paul McCloskey and Andy Murray failed and will attempt to equal Jonny Caldwell ’s 25 fight undefeated streak in his next bout.

Whilst Coyle ensured world title success for Mayo another local, Finbarr Eade couldn’t register and Irish title win for the Yew County.

The gutsy pro lost out as referee Paul McCullough’s scored the fight 96-95 in favour of the industrious Mickey Coveney in a highly entertaining battle.

Eade 36, who took a 12 year sabbatical from the game before turning pro in 2009, battled hard but Westham based Coveney, who qualified for the Irish title via his Cork parentage, for once managed to avoid a home town decision.

The pint sized fighter’s last visit to Ireland resulted in a stoppage defeat inflicted by Patrick Hyland come forward style impressed and he eventually buckled the Irish featherweight title around his waist.

Meanwhile European title hopeful Michael Sweeney retired John ’Warrior’ Waldron in round 4 of the all Mayo clash.

The recent Cruiserweight title challenger, who has been sparring with Chad Dawson recently, dropped to 175 pounds and began to pick up accolades on Friday.

The former Banner Promotions promoted Ballinarobe man had too much in the way of panache and power for his neighbour forcing the doctor to advise referee David Irvine to stop the fight because of damage to Waldron’s eye at the end of round four.

It looked as if it was set to be a case of demolition derby in round one as the Storm landed a number of clean shoots including a left hook that wobbled the Warrior.

Waldron did steady himself and was improving as the fight came on but a fit and trim Sweeney eventually proved a class above and took home a much needed victory.

 Roscommon’s Darren Cruise lost the last of three domestic dust ups on the impressive card after he was beaten 37-40 by Leeds based Irish man Lee Muztagh in a Vinny Feeney refereed bout.

Paulie Hyland continued his return to form by out pointing a fighter, who stopped former Carl Frampton foe Robbie Turley, Dai Davies as the man in the middle Paul McCullough marked the card 59-56 in the Dubliners favour.

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