Jimmy ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sweeney confirmed he’s bareknuckle boxing’s No 1 at the O2 Indigo on Saturday night.
The 34 year old from Sligo stopped Sean George in the seventh and last round of their fight to decide the sport’s pound-for-pound king
The victory earned Sweeney the world lightweight title, adding to his super middleweight and middleweight belts Up on all cards after six rounds, Sweeney got the stoppage in the last.
George sensed he was behind on points, went for broke and ran onto a right hand.
It was the sort of punch he had been wary of throughout and it flung him to the floor in the centre of the ring.
George got up and on the resumption there was a stand off.
Sweeney dangled his hands by his knees invitingly, but suspecting it was a trap, George refused to let his hands go.
Sweeney then suddenly jumped all over the Welshman, pounding him with both fists until right hands drove him on unsteady legs into a neutral corner and the referee waved it off.
That brought to an end an intriguing fight.
The rounds were close and tactical and Sweeney won more of them than George.
The blood that leaked from the Welshman’s nose was proof Sweeney’s jab was landing and the threat of his counters kept George quiet for spells.
George had won the lightweight title at the fourth attempt by detonating a right-hand bomb off Liam Cullen s chin in June and he may have landed enough in a couple of quiet rounds to nick them, but Sweeney, boxing on the balls of his feet, was always moving away from the