Team USA defeats Team Ireland at Springfield, MA's Mass Mutual Center
By Alex Pierpaoli
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@FistThingsFirst is live and up in the sky at the
for amateur #Boxing USA vs. Springfield, MA Ireland
we're in the middle of Bout number 1! Looks like
may take this first bout. In round 3 now.
very good third round for Amelia Moore of
this writer thought the first two
rounds belonged to Kellie Harrington but that's not how the scoring works here.
They use punch counts so the big 3rd may have done it. #boxing Alexandria,
Amelia Moore picks up a split decision victory, 2 judges to 1, over
Dublin's Kellie Harrington
in this 1st women's 132llbs bout. 9 more fights scheduled tonight.
up next women's 152lbs, Oshae Jones of Toledo, OH versus Grainne Walsh of Offaly, Ireland. And southpaw Jones scores a knockdown in 1st 30 seconds with a solid right hook.
Jones really landing easily and often in the second half of round one.
much closer second round. Walsh able to find instances to land her own shots while Jones was throwing. Clash of styles here, Jones a cool, countering southpaw and Walsh more of a front foot, pressing jabber.
Bout 3, Marc Castro of
represents the Fresno,
versus George Bate of Ireland,
119lbs, Bantams. #Boxing
George Bates is the name of the Irish fighter. Round one belonged to Castro who is the first fighter to throw any punches to the body tonight. He's a long, lean, speedy Bantam.
Castro looks to be in charge through two. These are quick-handed fighters.
Bates finding Castro with the straight right hand in round three.
Bout 4 underway here, Charlie Sheehy of Brisbane, CA of the US versus Wayne Kelly of Laois, Ireland, Light Welters, 141lbs #Boxing
Another split decision and another victory for team
Charlie Sheehy picks up the win.
Bout 5, Tiger Johnson of
versus Caoimhin Ferguson of Cleveland,
OH . 141lbs, Light
Welters #boxing Antrim,
good first round for the Irish boxer.
is an aggressive southpaw who put a lot of pressure on Johnson in round 1
fighter just got a long break in the corner in order to fix a loose head guard.
Another split decision goes to the
Tiger Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio notches the victory. They aren't announcing any
scores so I'm not sure how close these split decisions are. I thought that one
should have gone to Ireland.
there's an intermission here right now featuring the musical stylings of "Back in Black" an AC/DC cover band
ok, all of those who were about to have now Rocked so we're back to #Boxing up now is Quinton Randall of Katy, Texas versus Paddy Donovan of Limerick
Randall struck in the back of the head with a solid right hook by Donovan. The Irish fighter gets a warning. They continue in a much more heated fashion till the bell to end the second.
Randall doesn't seem busy enough here. These guys are getting a bit rough in the third. Both are warned for holding, grappling.
there's a live stream of these fights right here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bRwQJedrH4 … #USAvsIRLBoxing
7th bout of the night is up now, 165lbs, middleweights, Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA versus Gerard French of
A real fight has broken out in rd 3, after a low blow by Isley the ref seemed to take a point or issue a stern warning, the fight continued and things got rough in close causing the ref to warn the Irish fighter.
Unanimous decision victory goes to the red corner and Troy Isley of the
#Boxing now, Nikita Ababiy of
versus Brett McGinty of Brooklyn,
NY . 165lbs,
some good exchanges here in the first. Both of these fighters are throwing to the body. Ababiy landing quick counters from the outside. close round.
These two fighters seem to have a more professional style than most of the boxers seen tonight.
Winner by split decision is Brett McGinty of
That was an entertaining bout, both guys threw punches with bad intentions.
It's the penultimate bout of the night, Light Heavies, 178lbs, Khalil Cole of
versus Caoimhin Hynes of Jersey City, NJ
#boxing Antrim, Ireland
Cole of New Jersey seemed to land the heavier shots in round one.
Cole showing some nice elusiveness and a very quick, snapping jab
Cole showing some real mastery here. He has the distance figured on Hynes and he's able to pop him at range and on his way in. Left hooks and sneaky left uppercuts.
This one was obviously going to be unanimous and it was. Khalil Cole picks up the Unanimous decision win and that leaves Team
at 7-1 on the night with one fight to go.
Here's the final bout of the night, Heavies, 201lbs, Adrian Tillman of Colorado Springs, CO vs. Kiril Afranasov of
Afranasov of Ireland looked to have controlled round number two. coming up on the final round of the night.
The Irish fighter landing hard single shots and keeping Tillman missing.
Here comes the decision...
It's Unanimous in favor of
Kiril Afranasov of Dublin.
Bout of the night was bout 3 between Marc Castro(USA) and George Bates(IRL)
Outstanding Boxer of the night goes to Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA.
That's all from here fight-fans! Thanks for following along. Until next time!