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Magee's superb start to following father's footsteps

By Steve Wellings

Eamonn Magee Jnr got his professional career off to a stunning start with a second-round knockout win over Hungarian battler Zoltan Horvath.

Boxing in the Holiday Inn last night on Alan Wilton's show, the classy southpaw immediately took control, throwing the left hand to perfection as veteran Horvath rushed in to initiate clinches.

Midway through round two Magee Jnr – son of the famous multiple champion – thumped home a right hook followed by a quality left hand to leave Horvath wobbling around on jelly legs.

The visitor commendably rose and tried to engage again after referee Paul McCullagh let him continue.

Moments later Magee Jnr landed a barrage of leather prompting Mr McCullagh to wave it off at 1:06 of the second session.

"He tried to roll in with the head early on and I knew I had to keep him at distance. I just timed him at range from then on and landed the left which hurt him straight away," said Magee Jnr.

"I'm out to make my own name in this sport and that was a great start because he doesn't get stopped easily."

Ballyclare's Willie Thompson looked sharp throughout his 40-36 victory over Liam Griffiths.

Thompson worked hard from the opening bell of this light-middleweight encounter, finding a home for the left hook and right uppercut.

Southpaw Griffiths resorted to diving in and spoiling to buy precious seconds, absorbing plenty of heavy shots.

Paul Hyland Jnr moved his record to 2-0 with a 40-36 success over Joe Beeden.

Hyland aimed much of his work to the body in the early stages but looked more effective when he set up attacks behind the jab. With more experience under his belt Hyland Jnr can go places.

Two African heavyweights opened the show, Kenneth Odeke comfortably outpointing Moses Matovu 40-36.

Odeke worked his left hook well while Matovu remained in survival mode throughout, offering only sporadic responses.

Dublin's Ciaran Bates made light work of Hungary's Mihaly Szalontai at lightweight.

Referee John Lowey dived in at 0:46 of the opening round as Bates fired heavy combinations to head and body.

Ireland head coach Billy Walsh believes that Katie Taylor will have to be at her best to secure a sixth successive European title in Bucharest today.

The Olympic champion beat Bulgarian lightweight Denitsa Eliseeva on a unanimous decision (40-36 40-36 40-36) yesterday to set up a final showdown with France's Estelle Mossely.

"It will be a tough final. Katie will have to perform to her best," said Walsh.

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