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Future bright for Irish pro boxing

Despite the disappointment felt by Irish boxing fans at the 10th round defeat of Matthew Macklin in last week's WBC International title fight, the undercard proved there's an impressive depth of local talent promising big nights ahead.

With most pundits now predicting big things for Gary O'Sullivan, who stopped Anthony Fitzgerald in round one, there's also big fights out there for Fitzgerald.

"He's as tough as nails," said O'Sullivan after the fight. "Andy Lee and Hassan N'Dam haven't been able to knock him down.

"He came in at 11st 3 lbs. He'll be better at light-middleweight."

O'Sullivan's one loss in 19 fights came after 12 rounds in a WBO title fight with Billy Joe Saunders. "I'd like to fight him again," said O'Sullivan. "I could level it out."

After last week's sensational KO of Anthony Fitzgerald, 'Spike' O'Sullivan called out Matthew Macklin. "I believe I could knock him out," he insisted. "I've fists of dynamite on both hands. I want Macklin."

Another middleweight who showed he has title-winning qualities is Dubliner Luke Keeler, who took just over two minutes to leave the more experienced Gary Boulden "unfit to continue".

We've said it here before, Keeler (7-0, 5 KOs) is a future champion.

Lightweight hope Declan Geraghty was 30-28 up when the referee disqualified him.

His torrid four rounds with Jono Carroll will have taught him more about the pro game that his previous six wins.

Carroll's aggression landed him a place on Matchroom's Prizefighter.

Knock-out performances by John Joe Nevin and Tommy McCarthy, and a comfortable win for Patrick Hyland all auger well for the future.


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