20 March 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Katie Taylor went about proving a card that boasted the best male amateur of all time also possessed the greatest female amateur of all time, as she defeated former three time world kick boxing champion Maria Carmen in City West on Saturday.
The three time IABA world champion, who received a reception to suggest that she could top bills as a pro in Ireland, displayed class in abundance, as she brushed aside the previous unbeaten Spaniard, much to the delight of the 5000 in attendance.
Kid Dynamite Mark Heffron was also explosive on the entertaining under card. The quiet 19 year old Manchester welterweight of Irish descent, pushed Gallaghers Gyms unbeaten streak to 45 with by stopping David Pulido 1:11 seconds into round 3.
Another of Cork manager Gary Hydes team Levan Ghvamichava also impressed on the night and as he pushed his record to 3-0 with a points win over former European title challenger turned journeyman Mihaita Mutu.
Meanwhile, Paddy McDonagh continued to prove he is one of Dolphils hottest prospects with a routine win over Lativans answer to Johnny Greaves, Jevgenijs Andrejevs (6-37)
The Latvian may have given the Galway stylist the thumbs down during the last round of the fight, but an impressed crowd and most importantly the referee rendered his performance thumbs up worthy, as he won by a 40-36 score.
Also on the card, former bare knuckle boxing champion Paddy Ward proved he has what it takes to be successful with the gloves on thanks to a much improved performance in his second pro outing.
The giant heavyweight looked neat, compact and showed some flashes of quality as he defeated Igoris Borucha 40-36 to register his first pro win. Ward, who suffered a disappointing reverse in his first paid bout, claims he could have employed more power and stopped Borucha early, but believes banking rounds will pay dividends in the future.
I am happy with that performance considering my last display, Ward told www.irish-boxing.com. I just paced myself and got the four rounds under my belt. I am doing the right training now. I didnt put too much pressure on him because I wanted the four rounds. Now I proved I can do that I will show my power next time out. It is on to my next victim now. I want a six rounder then an eight rounder before moving on to the Irish title. After that I will call everyone out.
Former World Kickboxing champion Christine McMahon didnt let want Julija Cvetkova prevent her from chalking up her third professional boxing victory. Lightening got struck and subsequently cut by an elbow as early as the firs round, but despite a constant flow of blood to the eye registered her second stoppage win since taking the kick out of her boxing style.
McMahon looked more polished, but kept her ruthless streak and after threatening to finish her opponent three times in the second managed to force Fergal Carruth to step in and rescue Cvetkova with 1:03 seconds into round 3.
Speaking to www.irish-boxing.com after the bout McMahon claimed It was a tough fight and I got an elbow in the first round and a nasty cut over the eye. To be honest at first I didnt notice till the corner said it after the first round. I had to keep her at distance and keep my south paw stance. Her objective seemed to be to jump on me and hit me with as many elbows as she could. She was more interested me in hurting me than boxing me. I feel like a real boxer now with my first cut! I think I performed better in the last round and I was happy to stop her.