Powerful Keane McMahon promises to “smash” Dean Sutherland and win BUI Celtic belt


Carl McDonald lost a highly controversial fight to Iain Butcher in Scotland last month but Keane McMahon [6(3)-0] isn’t worried about dodgy scorecards ahead of his clash in Aberdeen next month.

That’s because Dublin welterweight doesn’t believe his vacant BUI Celtic fight with home favourite Dean Sutherland [6(2)-0] on May 4th will go the distance.

McMahon is sure that he is going to dominate the Aberdeen 20-year-old in their bill-topper and is promising a stoppage.

‘The Iceman’ made the claim in the aftermath of his first-round stoppage win over Jan Salamacha in Dublin – his third consecutive knockout win.

“I am not worried about the judges, it won’t go that far, so they can’t rob me,” declared the Inner-City Dub.

“I am punching harder big time. I am sparring middleweights all the time and keeping them off so definitely. That is three knockouts in a row. People said I was just a boxer when I turned over, but I have power.”

Developing ‘man strength’ is almost a cliché and McMahon is in that age bracket, but the 24-year-old feels his power is coming from another source.

“It’s more about technique than anything,” he explained.

“It’s about drilling the shots in the gym, practicing over and over, slowing things down and getting the shots perfect.”

Minutes previously McMahon had obliterated Hungarian Salamancha, chopping him down with a body shot before sending the journeyman down again with a sharp right.

The former Irish underage champ and internationalhad hoped to bank a few rounds his trip to Scotland for the Kynoch show but this plan quickly evaporated.

McMahon outlined how “I would have liked a few rounds, but I hit with him to the body – and I am hurting everyone with that shot – then I caught him a right hook and that was the end of it.”

“Tonight was just about getting the business done, going out and winning and the same thing is going happen in Scotland. This kid is going to get smashed.”

And so, on to Sutherland, and McMahon is hugely confident – backing his developing power and his general level to dominate his young opponent.

McMahon watched Sutherland box the very game Ryan Toms on the night their fight was announced and he feels that he is going to have too much in just over four weeks time.

The charismatic Dub recalled how “he boxed a solid journeyman when I was over there and I think the journeyman could have got the decision. If there was another round he might even have stopped him and he wasn’t as big and strong as me.”

“I am going to be towering over this fella, I am going to bully him and I am going to hurt him.”

“I think I am better than him everywhere. He is flashy, but I am going to be too big, too strong. I will be enourmous at the weight and I am going to hurt him,” he adds before giving further plans.

“Like I said before, and I don’t want to disrespect anyone, particularly this fella, he is a good opponent for this level, but I think I am beyond this level. After this I am going to win an Irish title and then I’ll be pushing for European honours.”

“These are the fights I wanted and no one in Ireland wanted to fight me so off we go to Scotland. Thank god he was game ball and it’s great it’s on a good platform and a bill-topper.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Jonny Stapleton

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