Irish take over London – York Hall round-up

The Goodwin Boxing-promoted show at the York Hall on Saturday night had a distinctly green tint.

‘The Cartel’ was headlined by light middleweight Sonny Upton who boxed on the back-foot to defeat Ryan Toms in an English title eliminator. Belfast-raised Upton [10(5)-2(1)] is now in line for a shot at English champion Navid Mansouri.

Chief support at the historic venue came from Sonny’s older brother and fellow light middleweight, Pauly [11(1)-0], who comfortably outpointed Zoltan Turai over eight rounds to become title-eligible.

Hot prospect Tyrone McCullagh [2(2)-0] had a second round knockout over Bence Sipos on his Goodwin debut. The Derry featherweight was highly impressive and is something of a jewel in the Goodwin Boxing crown.

There was something of a derby between Belfast-based Portsmouth fighter Mick McKinson [7(1)-0] and Bangor’s Casey Blair [3(0)-4(0)], with McKinson emerging victorious on points after four rounds.

Last, but certainly not least, everyone’s favourite Ugandan, Moses Matovu [5(0)-64(7)-4], got the rounds in against debutant Mark Little. The Black Mamba was at his entertaining best for the 40-37 loss that, as is frequently the case, closer than the scorecards suggest.

Joe O'Neill

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