Barnes claims WBO Euro belt in third fight, Evans beats Ormond
A few Irish hearts were in mouths at the reading of the scorecards in Belfast as Paddy Barnes aimed to claim his first pro title at Waterfront Hall.
The amateur star as emroiled in a competative fight with former European champion Silvio Olteanu and managed to edge a majortiy decision, picking up the WBO European flyweight strap in the process.
After ten rounds, two judges gave the fight to Barnes 97-94 and 97-93 which was all that mattered to the home crowd. A third judge saw it 95-95.
In the co-feature, lightweight Craig Evans dropped Stephen Ormond twice in the final round to rubberstamp a unanimous decision win after ten rounds.
In a messy affair, Evans had the better skill set to take the fight on the scorecards 99-89, 97-91 and 96-93.
Jono Carroll took the super-featherweight spoils in a classic encounter with Johnny Quigley in a definite contender for UK Fight of the Year.
The fight ebbed and flowed throughout, with the styles of the two competitors gelling from the off, resulting in a split decision drama at the climax.
In the end, Carroll’s two knockdowns in the second round proved to be the deciding factor as two judges carded 115-111 in his favor, with the other seeing it 114-113 to Quigley.
A rematch is already on everyone’s lips as Carrroll admitted afterwards he was expecting a tough twelve rounder with Quigley.
“I was surprised he went down two times because he’s tough. I knew it was gonna be a hard 12 rounds,” Carroll told BoxNation following his fringe IBF title win.
“I have the belt now. If he wants a rematch, maybe we can do that. But I said before this is a stepping stone for me,” he added.
In other action, welterweight Tyrone McKenna and cruiserweight Steven Ward both recorded four round triumphs respectively.
Hard-hitting super-welterweight Lewis Crocker blasted out Radoslav Mitev when the Bulgarian failed to beat the count following a crushing head shot in the second round, whilst Sean McGlinchey out-pointed Dan Blackwell 40-36 over four rounds. Both are now 2-0 in the pro ranks.
David Joyce made a successful pro debut at lightweight when stopping Gabor Kovacs in two rounds, whilst heavyweight Alex Dickinson did likewise when taking out Ferenc Zsalek in three.