The Navan middleweight was in action at the National Stadium on the Red Corner ‘For Honour and Pride’ card, taking a step up in opposition to face reigning BBBoC Central Area champ Darryl Sharp.
Sharp was a late, and impressive, replacement for recent Southern Area champ Nicky Jenman, and pushed Blaney all the way – but the Meath man would have too much quality, and took a wide points win.
It was Blaney who was the aggressor in a scrappy first, landing the quality shots on the Manchester man.
‘The Ginger Ninja’ would start to get through with some big shots in the second.
Blaney came into the fight in the best shape of his career and was looking comfortable in the the third, stalking Sharp. The Englishman would go to the canvas in the final thirty, but it was correctly ruled a slip.
Sharp, trained by Kieran Farrell, pushed hard at the start of the fourth, but Blaney would respond with quality uppercuts and even a few Lomachenko guard pulls.
A closer fifth was perhaps shaded by a busier Sharp, but Blaney still remained in control.
Sharp, to his credit, continued to push in the final round, but Blaney would take over and push his man to the ropes and unload countless shots to the body to round off the fight.
Going to referee Emile Tiedt’s card, Blaney was award the bout on a scoreline of 59:56 in
The win sees Blaney improve his perfect professional record to 7(3)-0, while Sharp slips to 5(0)-16(0) following defeat in a fight which he came to win.
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