PETER McDonagh became a two weight Irish champion when he defeated John Hutchinson in Reading on Saturday night.
The 36 year old won by a 98-93 referee Marcus McDonnell’s scorecard to claim the vacant Irish middleweight title.
McDonagh first claimed a National strap when he beat Michael Gomez back in 2006 to claim the lightweight version of the title and claimed his second on a Channel 5 broadcast bout on Saturday.
The 36 year old’s win denied Hutchinson the chance to become the first Irish champion to hail from Donegal.
Meanwhile Belfast’s James Fryers registered his third straight win on the same card. Fyres out pointed Michael Mooney to push his record to 3-0.
Leon Senior’s fight with Tony Hill was aborted after two rounds when an accidental clash of heads left Hill with a badly gashed forehead.
Where it leaves their place in the eight-man Maxinutrition knockout tournament remains to be seen, with promoter Mick Hennessy intending to have it wrapped up inside six months.