This past Saturday March 19th, Murphys Boxing’s, Saint Patrick’s Clash fight card, took place in front of a sold out, jam packed crowd at the House of Blues in Boston. With an amazing lineup of fights, the night was as good as advertised.
In the main event Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2 11KOs) won the IBF Lightweight Intercontinental Championship with a hard fought 10 round unanimous decision. Ormond was the aggressor throughout as he stalked Jimenez around the ring. Trying in vain to keep Ormond at the end of his punches, Jimenez was unable to do so as Ormond’s quick footwork closed the gap putting him into his comfort zone, right on Jimenez’s chest. Once again invoking memories of Roberto Duran, Ormond forced the fight on the inside, landing lighting quick shots to both the head and body that had the crowd roaring. Jimenez was unable to keep up with Ormond’s incredibly high punch output, allowing Ormond to dominate the fight. Fighting from a crouched position he fired damaging body shot after damaging body shot. Now with the IBF Intercontinental Lightweight title in his possession Ormond has put the Lightweight division on notice that everyone is in the cross hairs. With the win Ormond will move into the top 10 IBF Lightweight rankings.
In the co main event of the night, Carlos “The Dragon” Candelario (7-1 3KOs) picked up the New England Lightweight Championship in a hard fought war against Matt Doherty. With many fans of both filling the venue, this fight had the sold out crowd of 3,000 screaming wildly with every punch thrown. With neither man taking a step back, you could see glimpses of the Gatti, Ward battles. Both fighters spent the night trading punches but it was Candelario’s counter punching that was making the difference. Bleeding profusely from an accidental headbutt that opened a cut on his forehead, Carlos did a tremendous job of never letting it play a factor in the fight as he continued to walk through Doherty’s punches in order to land his own. In the end all three judges saw the bout the same, 78-74 for Candelario giving him the New England Lightweight Championship.
In the other co main event, #6 ranked WBA Super Bantamweight TJ “The Power” Doheny, (15-0 11KOs) defended his PABA title with a 6th round TKO over Gerardo Marin Hernandez. TJ fighting in the U.S. for the first time endeared himself to the Boston fans with his entertaining style despite the fact Marin did not make for a pretty fight, holding persistently, even dragging Doheny to the canvas twice, but Doheny kept his composure and continued to land clean shots from his aggressive southpaw stance, cutting Marin severely over the right eye, prompting the ringside doctor to stop the bout. With the win Doheny stays undefeated and hopes to secure a major Super Bantamweight Championship fight by the end of the year.
Michael McLaughlin, (11-1-1 5KOs) and Shakha Moore, ended their intriguing New England Welterweight championship bout early with a no contest due to an unintentional headbutt moments into the 4th round, opening a severe cut directly over McLaughlin’s eye, this was the second headbutt of the fight causing cuts. The ringside doctor immediately called the bout to a halt, therefore forcing the no-contest. Had the bout continued to the conclusion of the round, it would have gone to the scorecards. McLaughlin, from Donegal, now living and fighting out of Boston, boxed well in the first two stanzas, but the slick, experienced Moore began to find his range in the 3rd before the clash of heads. The outcome was no certainty, and hopefully the bout can be made again as the No Contest leaves the New England welterweight title vacant.
In other preliminary bouts, Greg “The Villain” Vendetti (9-2-1 7KOs) destroyed Joe Wilson by way of 4th round TKO. Vendetti looking as strong as a bull never gave Wilson a second to breath, dropping him 3 times throughout the bout. Vendetti unleashed a fearsome head, body attack from the opening bell with Wilson finally succumbing to a solid left hook 17 seconds into round 4. With a ton of fans in attendance the always entertaining Vendetti continued on his path of destruction.
Top Cruiserweight prospect Steve Collins Jr. (6-0-1 2KOs) with his dad, former WBO World Super Middleweight Champion, “The Celtic Warrior” Steve Collins working his corner made short work of Tyrell Bates with a solid right hand to the temple ending the fight in the first round. Coming in aggressively, Bates, from Providence, RI, left himself wide open to the sharp punching Dubliner who was able to land the fight ending clean shot down the middle.
Undefeated Cody Crowley of Las Vegas improved to 7-0 with 4KOs with a unanimous decision win over the always cagey Antonio Fernandez. Cody showing great poise and calm well beyond his age of 22 was able to dominate the 6 round fight against the veteran Fernandez. Crowley was always in control with his measured shots and looked like he could easily have gone another 6 rounds.
Irish Amateur standout and current top heavyweight prospect Niall Kennedy (4-0 2KOs) was an easy winner with a first round stoppage of Arthur Saribekian. Niall jumped on his man immediately, landing a barrage of punches and with Saribekian on the ropes taking unanswered blows the fight was stopped.
Adding to the electric atmosphere of the evening was an acoustic set by The Dropkick Murphys, which had the sold out raucous crowd in a fever pitch before the main event.
Among the 3,000 strong in attendance was actor and film director Peter Berg, who is in Boston filming Patriots Day, about the Boston Marathon bombing and actor Kevin Chapman from the TV show Person of Interest.
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