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Dee Walsh seeks Irish crown after blitz

By David Kelly

Dee Walsh won his first professional title at the Holiday Inn on Saturday night after blitzing Joszef Kormany in the first round.

Competing in his first eight-round contest, Walsh needed only 21 seconds and a few well-timed bodyshots to send Kormany home early.

The Hungarian was expected to provide a reasonable test but referee Hugh Russell Jnr counted him out. Walsh later reiterated his desire to add an Irish title to the International Masters Bronze belt he picked up for mastering Kormany.

"The Irish title is still my target and I want to fight whoever is the champion. I'm not calling (Peter) McDonagh out but I want to fight the champion on the Frampton undercard in September," said Walsh.

"The plan was to start off jabbing and working the body but his body was wide open so I took it. I have to thank Mark Dunlop for keeping me busy and he got me this eight-rounder for a title. I couldn't be happier with life at the minute; I want to make my son proud."

Alfredo Meli posted a routine 40-36 victory over Omagh's Dee Taggart. Usually a light-welterweight, Taggart found the jump up to middleweight difficult and battled through a bloody nose to see out the distance.

Referee Hugh Russell Jnr was looking on closely in the final session as Meli turned up the heat to secure his second win in a week.

Bangor boxer Casey Blair sent his fans home delighted with a hard-earned four-round victory over Liam Griffiths. Referee John Lowey awarded Blair a 40-36 verdict and he forced the action throughout, bloodying the nose of his opponent with slashing hooks.

Alan Wilton's great heavyweight hope Sean Turner wasted no time on his debut, knocking out Zoltan Elekes in eight seconds. Turner's first punch – a left hook to the head – sent Elekes sprawling and Paul McCullagh called it off.

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