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Meli and McCullagh stay on course for Irish title shots

By Steve Wellings

Alfredo Meli stayed on course for a title fight with a comfortable six-round points victory over Laszlo Fazekas at the Devenish last night.

Meli used his southpaw skills to move Fazekas around the ring at will, snapping left hands to the head and right hooks to the body. Fazekas hung in despite suffering a bloodied nose in the second. Meli kept the pace consistent and cruised home 60-54 on referee Hugh Russell Jnr's scorecard.

"I'm looking to take a break after getting married and then aim for any title shot," said Meli. "Luke Keeler and Darren Cruise are fighting for the Irish title and the winner would interest me - I'll fight anybody. I'm happy to rematch Conrad Cummings but they haven't called me about it."

Tyrone McCullagh outpointed Ghanaian Michael Barnor 40-35 in a featherweight clash. Rubbery Barnor was visibly wobbled in the opener from a rabbit punch and staggered around the ring.

The visitor had tape applied to his soles midway through round two to stop him from sliding across the canvas; he was also dropped for a count in the same session.

Referee Eamonn Magill toiled hard to combat Barnor's excessive holding and foul play in the final round and Derry's McCullagh was a deserved victor.

"It was good experience for me but guys like him just want to spoil and survive," said McCullagh. "I think he was maybe looking for excuses because he was wearing proper boxing boots so it's probably an old move. I want to keep active and push towards an Irish title shot."

Ciaran 'Bunty' McVarnock celebrated his return to Belfast with a 40-36 success over Antonio Horvatic. The Croatian import was happy to trade from the third round and this made for a better spectacle.

Anthony Upton closed the night with a 60-54 win over Zaurs Sadihovs. Switch-hitter Anto was the boss throughout.

Stephen Ormond dispatched Norwin Galo in just 48 seconds.

Boxing brothers Luke and Matthew Wilton will feature tonight at the Shorts Social Club. Alan 'Alio' Wilton and Paul Graham run the five-fight attraction that sees Casey Blair and Tony Nellins both return to action. Lurgan's Ryan Greene completes the bill.

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