The Red Corner middleweight won every round against durable Nicaraguan journeyman Santos Medrano in the early stages of the ‘For Honour and Pride’ card at the National Stadium this evening.
Finnegan had been given a bit of a scare on his debut when he faded against Spanish hardman Alejandro Mostazo, but it was pure domination from the Jobstown boxer here.
Medrano seemed to taste the Irishman’s power early, and would indulge in a bit of playacting when Finnegan was a bit liberal with the head. ‘Victorious’ would then hurt the Central American with a big right when the action resumed.
Finnegan was again warned for the head in the second round, but was still landing all the big shots.
A counter left hook in the third shook Medrano right to his boots and Finnegan looked to finish the Nicaraguan in the corner. Medrano, who had Kilkenny cutman Andy O’Neill as the main man in his corner, survived but was then stunned by a big straight right seconds before the bell.
The Dubliner remained on top in the final round, and looked to have Medrano ready to go in the closing seconds, but the tricky journeyman survived.
Going to the cards, Emile Tiedt scored the bout 40:36 in Finnegan’s favour.
With the win Finnegan improves his perfect professional record to 2(0)-0, Medrano drops to 10(3)-56(11)-4 following the defeat.
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