Unbeaten Donegal light
middleweight boxer 'the Buncrana Banger' John Hutchinson continued
the flying start to his pro boxing career with a sensational points
win over American Robert Brando-Hunt in front of a vociferous
Irish-American crown at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Boston
on Saturday night.
The rugged 26-year-old was
re-entering the Lion's Den having previous fought out a Technical
Draw with hometown toughman Brando-Hunt for the Greater Boston
Light middleweight title back in July this year, but it was a
different script in Canton as Hutchinson's boxed to orders to
outwork and outpoint his foe earning a 40-36 points victory over
four rounds which improves the Inishowen slugger's record to 5-0-2
and takes him a step closer to his dream of an Irish title.
Hutchinson, who prepared for the
fight in Birmingham with trainers Jon Pegg and Soggy Counihan,
enjoys a massive groundswell of support from the Massachusetts'
Irish community but the Donegal boxer did not let the crowd get
into his head as he thwarted Brando-Hunt with an educated jab and
punishing body shots throughout.
"Hutchie really wanted to take
this fight. He felt the Technical Draw in their first fight was a
blot on his copybook and wanted to set the record straight this
time. Most boxers would've forgotten about it and wanted nothing to
do with that guy again but John had to 'scratch the itch' and prove
he could beat this guy at boxing and not just brawling," explained
manager Leonard Gunning.
"In their first fight Hutchie was
too eager to please the crowd which included Irish boxing legend
Sean Mannion and top rated Irish-American southpaw Danny O'Connor,
who carried the Irish flag into the ring for John before the fight.
He was too pumped up and rushed his work to try and get Brando-Hunt
out of there as quick as he could to please the crowd. In his haste
the pair clashed heads and the fight was stopped because of the
bleeding to Brando-Hunt's head. Hutchinson should have been
declared the winner but as there wasn't enough rounds completed to
go to the scorecards.
"What has pleased me most about
this win is that he had a game plan, kept to it, and that paid
dividends. He loves boxing in Boston, it's like a home from home
for him out there and hopefully we'll be back again soon because
the support is great there."
Fellow Inishowen fighter Michael
McLaughlin Owen also appeared on the Canton bill and snatched a six
rounds point victory in a thriller with Colombian
Sergio Cabrera. Both men visit the canvas before McLaughlin
was announced the 57-54 winner on the scorecards.
"I've been taken aback by the
support in Boston, the local Glasgow Celtic supporters club and
Irish bars have all been behind me and I've been made very welcome
but I had to be selfish in the ring this time and pick Hunt apart
instead of trying to blast him out of there. We've been working on
ironing out some flaws in Birmingham and I was determined to put
them into practice tonight," explained the former Illies Golden
"We've some great boxing talent
in Donegal and they're finally being recognised. Willie McLaughlin
is making waves in the World Series of Boxing, Danny Mulhern and
Joe Duffy are doing great in the pro ranks London and Michael
McLaughlin was in the fight on the night here in Boston tonight to
extend his unbeaten run. But Jason Quigley has just raised
the bar for us all. I've watched all his fights at the World
Championships out here on the internet and he went from strength to
strength. Even though he narrowly missed out on Ireland's first
ever Gold medal at the World Championships I thought he did enough
"His final was just a few hours
before I got into the ring, and just seeing his success gave me an
extra buzz, he is truly world class and deserves all his success.
There is more to come from him I am sure," added Hutchinson.
Saturday night's win in Boston
edges Hutchinson a step towards a shot at the Irish title in 2014
but first up is a date closer to home when he appears on TOP
Promotions 'Rock and a Hard Place' show at the Holte Suite, Villa
Park in Birmingham on November 23.
The bill features a host local
Midland's talent and is headlined by the clash of local
welterweights Sam Eggington and Dave Ryan with unbeaten prospects
like Michael Rooney, Sullivan Mason and Carl Dickens bringing more
quality to the show and will have the fight between Carl Froch and
George Groves on a big screen.
Tickets for John's bout on 'Rock
and a Hard Place' at the Holte Suite in Birmingham are £30 for
unreserved seats and £60 for VIP table seats including buffet and
are available by calling 079 85 646 187 or via TopBoxing.net.