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Tennyson shows grit to land Irish title as McKenna makes the cut

By David Kelly

Belfast man James Tennyson produced a dramatic sixth-round stoppage of Declan Geraghty to land the vacant Irish super-featherweight title on the supporting bill at the Waterfront Hall.

Southpaw Geraghty had been floored in the second round but came back to give Tennyson some trouble. But former British featherweight title challenger Tennyson tagged him with a left hook which sent the Dubliner against the ropes and on to the canvas in the sixth.

Geraghty bravely got to his feet and tried to fire back at close range but walked into two thudding uppercuts and as he rocked backwards, referee David Irving stepped in to call a halt at 2:53.

Tennyson roared in celebration after what had been an entertaining scrap in which the Dubliner had his moments.

Indeed, he edged the first before being floored in the second with a straight right hand. Tennyson took rounds three and four but Geraghty had his best three minutes in the fifth before the Belfast man's power made the critical difference.

Southpaw Tyrone McKenna stopped Jake Hanney at 2:10 of the sixth round of their BUI Celtic super-lightweight title fight.

An entertaining first round saw McKenna caught with right hands but he otherwise dominated with his straight punching.

Hanney once more landed a right and opened up a cut at the side of the Belfast man's left eye and the Dubliner edged the second. McKenna, with blood streaming down his face, regained control in the third.

By the start of the sixth the Belfast man was on top, and he then moved through the gears.

Belfast welterweight Lewis Crocker enjoyed a 67-second victory on his debut, dropping Hungarian Ferenc Jarko with a right hand before a further blitz felled the Magyar once more and the fight was brought to a halt.

Light-heavyweight Steven Ward had little trouble in outpointing Manchester's Curtis Gargano, 40-36, chalking up his third straight professional victory.

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