Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Silky Fullerton eases his way into semis

Daniel Fullerton caught the eye on the opening night of the Ulster Intermediate Championships at the Dockers Club.

Fullerton, whose club is now proudly named Sean Doran-Keady after their late stalwart, ruined the hopes of Anthony O’Rawe following on from his Antrim Intermediate success and making it a double in the Ulsters.

The Keady lad was simply too sharp for O’Rawe who never stopped marching forward but was repeatedly picked off by shots from various angles in their featherweight quarter-final.

O’Rawe came out purposefully, looking to unload but found himself almost immediately taking leather as Fullerton’s handspeed left him a little stunned.

By the end of the first round Fullerton was 8-3 ahead and with his hands held low he whipped home a series of clean blows to go 16-8 in front entering the final round, eventually winning 23-13.

In the opening featherweight quarter-final, Gerard Matthews came from behind against Orin McDermott of Finn Valley to book his place in Friday night’s semi-finals.

In one of the contests of the night, McDermott used his edge in height to good effect, working well with his jab as the St Paul’s man stalked him, looking to work at close range.

McDermott, leading 7-5 after the opening three minutes, began to find it harder and harder to hold off Matthews and the St Paul’s man stepped in, unloading his short hooks to body and head.

Matthews was nevertheless 11-10 down going into the final round and the two men immediately engaged in some fine close quarter action.

But as the round went on it was Matthews who was doing the majority of the scoring and in particular his work to the body swung the contest his way.

Enda Kennedy, who has moved from Toome to Immaculata, was an impressive winner in another featherweight quarter-final, forcing the corner of James Nolan to pull him out after a very one-sided opening round.

Nolan, of St John Bosco, demonstrated plenty of heart but Kennedy’s heavy hitting, particularly with his lef hand made sure there was only going to be one winner and led 6-1 after the first.

Derek Potter of Cairn Lodge was the other man to make the semis after a 17-9 victory over Brendan Magee of St Bronagh’s.

Potter led 12-6 going into the final round when Magee produced some of his best work but the Cairn Lodge man always had the edge.

Other results

64kg: Stephen Mulholland (St Malachy’s) wo; Thomas Waites (Toome) bt Niall McFeely (St Canices) DQ3.

71kg: PaulDarby (Twin Towns) bt Darragh Mullan (St Canices) 21-10; Vitaly Stefanyuk (Castleblayney) wo; Conor Flanagan (Pegasus) wo.

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