22 July 2010 – Aodhan Campbell
Warrepoint banger Declan Trainor made a hugely impressive professional debut tonight in the western Sydney suburbs by thoroughly dominating and stopping highly touted Aussie Jamie Bogavic.
In a fight that many critics thought was exceptionally demanding for a start in the pro game, Declan answered many questions that would trouble much more seasoned campaigners. I now know why the team at Harry’s Gym in Perth had such confidence going in.
Many Australian fight fans had strongly tipped former Australian amateur champ and Commonwealth Games rep Bogavic to be a future star in the pros due to his fast hands, strong technical skills and solid two handed hitting. Boxing legend Jeff Fenech believed in his prospect and made a very visible presence at ringside. The fact that this contest was the chief supporting bout on a nationally televised (Foxtel) bill highlights the promotional clout behind Bogavic.
Entering an extremely vocal small arena, Trainor demonstrated absolute confidence – dancing in to the Drop Kick Murphys. The first round opened with Trainor surprising many by meeting Bogavic in mid ring where he proceeded to give a great lesson in classic box-punching. A strong defense, coupled with solid two handed combinations saw Trainor come off on top in the early exchanges. It appeared that the Australian was taken aback by his aggresive opponent. Approximately a minute in a quick combination was finished with a huge right hand that dropped Bogavic heavily and clearly broke his nose. On rising, Trainor continued to dominate as blood flowed at an alarming rate. Another minute was enough for the referee to listen to the ringside medic’s advice to stop the fight.
The win is a superb start and suggests that the ex St Bronaghs, Rostrevor amateur star can go a long way in the pros. His heavy hitting style may be even more favoured that the amateurs where he picked up a brace of national titles at underage level. If the team in Perth continue to seek such challenging fights; Declan has a very exciting career ahead of him and has potential to become a fan favourite both in Australia and Ireland.
Trainor thanked his parents in Warrenpoint, Co. Down and his amateur coach Gavin Dougan as well as his current team after the win.