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Carmichael has eyes on the prize

By David Kelly

Coach Harry Hawkins believes Conall Carmichael is ready to lift his career to a new level with victory in Prizefighter on the back of a solid victory on Saturday night in Belfast's St Kevin's Hall.

Unbeaten cruiserweight Carmichael forced the cornermen of Courtney Owen to pull him out of their eight-rounder at the end of the fourth round as the Englishman had a badly damaged eye and was taking some heavy punishment.

Now Carmichael, a former Irish senior champion, has his sights on Prizefighter glory next month, which coach Hawkins sees as the ideal pathway to a major title shot.

"Conall was a little rusty at the start which we expected but then he got into his stride in the third and hurt the guy with his jab – it was just what he needed ahead of Prizefighter," said Hawkins.

"Now we have to get some good sparring ahead of Prizefighter because this is a great chance for Conall. I would say the winner will be straight in for a Commonwealth title fight."

James Tennyson, 19, picked up the vacant Irish super-featherweight title when Mickey Coveney retired with a shoulder injury at 1:41 of the second round.

Amir Khan is being lined up for another world title shot despite a poor performance against Mexican Julio Diaz which saw him on the floor in the fourth and in trouble on numerous occasions.

Khan was handed a unanimous decision in Sheffield, 114-113, 115-113, 115-112.

Other St Kevin's Hall results: Super-featherweight: Eddie Nesbitt bt Michael Stuart, rsc2; light-welter: Matthew Wilton bt Johnny Greaves rsc4; feather: Paul Quinn bt David Kis Ko1.

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