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Corley Stops McCloskey in a Shocker, Prizefighter Results

By Alexey Sukachev

Kings Hall, Belfast -And he still rocks! At 37, after suferring six consecutive losses in 2010 and 2011, after losing badly to the likes of Lucas Martin Matthysse and Freddy Hernandez, former world champion DeMarcus Corley (39-19-1, 23 KOs) is still going strong. After schooling previously undefeated Puerto Rican Gabriel Bracero in January 2012, Corley continued his unlikely series of major upsets in Belfast, Nothern Ireland, with a sensational stoppage of WBA #10 ranked contender and former world title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) in the tenth round of scheduled twelve.

McCloskey's only previous loss came off the hands of Amir Khan in a pretty close fight after a bad cut. This time the cut was just the beginning of a horror for the Irishman. He was cut early into the third and was soon wobbled by several hard punches by Corley. With his hands down (as always) MacCloskey was a good target for Corley's fast punches and combinations. He was connecting with some leather of his own but Chop-Chop has never been in danger of being stopped. He easily took all the punishment and dished out more in return.

It looked like McCloskey could overcome the deficit in mid rounds but later on WBC #15 Corley started to catch his second wind. His punches were getting more and more zealous and late into the tenth he tagged the Irishman with a smashing right hand. McCloskey's knees buckled, and it was enough for referee Ian John-Lewis to get in and to wave it off after a few seconds of uncertainty at 2:28. In fact, the stoppage was way too early, as McCloskey was still throwing punches even with blood dripping from his nose. It's a bitter setback for a fighter who scored several big wins over world-class opposition including Colombian hard-hitter Breidis Prescott.

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Featherweight Martin Lindsay (19-1, 7 KOs) continued his way back into contention with the fourth-round TKO over journeyman Mickey Coveney (13-15, 2 KOs).

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Former amateur standout Eamonn O'Kane (7-0, 3 KOs) achieved his goal by becoming the new Prizefighter series Irish middleweight champion in a heated final against JJ McDonagh (8-2, 4 KOs). O'Kane and McDonagh both engaged in a highly energetic battle but O'Kane's swarming style and superior activity gave troubles to McDonagh. O'Kane was also the dirtier fighter of the two but it was JJ McDonagh who was deucted a point in round three for hitting well below the belt. Scores were: 30-26, 29-27 and 30-27 - for Eamonn O'Kane. BoxingScene had it 30-27 - for the eventual winner.

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JJ McDonagh (8-1, 4 KOs) will be Eamonn O'Kane's final opponent in this Prizefighter series. McDonagh, a solid technician with some punching skills, easily outworked Sugar Joe Rea (8-8-1, 4 KOs) en route to a unanimous decision over three rounds. JJ McDonagh was a sharpshooter - unlike Rea - and easily boxed his way to the victory with scores: 30-27 (twice plus BScene) and 29-28.

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In a horrible fight to start off the semifinals of the Irish middleweight Prizefighter series, Eamonn O'Kane (6-0, 3 KOs) headbutted his way into the finals. Technically it was a first-round TKO in his favor against previously unbeaten Ryan Greene (6-1, 1 KO). The fight soon turned into a brawl which was in O'Kane's favor. During the round, O'Kane landed a hard right hand and then followed it with a headbut - which resulted in a very bad cut over Greene's left eye. Soon thereafter he landed a big right hand one more time, and Greene, already wickened and distracted, went down. He got up but referee Ian John-Lewis stopped it at 2:22 of the first.

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In the last quarterfinal, Joe Rea (8-7-1, 4 KOs), an unheralded Irish journeyman, scored possibly the brightest single win of his career, when he forced Simon O'Donnell (11-2, 6 KOs) to play his game in a sloppy and slow but open-minded fight. Rea started the bout slowly but used his craft to work his way into the action and rightfully defeated his more heralded opponent. All scorecards (including one of BoxingScene) read as 29-28 - for Joe Rea.

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In possibly the most obscure quarterfinal, JJ McDonagh (7-1, 4 KOs) dominated Darren Cruise (3-2) in a battle of underdogs to clinch his spot in the semifinals. Cruise was briefly down in the first and was taught a lesson all way through. Scores were: 30-26 (same with BoxingScene) and 29-27 (twice) - for McDonagh.

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Veteran middleweight Ciaran Healy (13-20-1, 4 KOs), who has recently lost to former champion Enzo Maccarinelli, dellivered one of his best career efforts against undefeated prospect Ryan Greene (6-0, 1 KO), but it was ultimately not enough to distract Greene, though Healy did deliver some problems to his opponent. Scores were unanimous at the end: 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 - for Ryan Greene, who was defined the winner of the second quarterfinal. BoxingScene also scored it 29-28 - for Greene.

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The first quarterfinal of the Irish middleweight Prizefighter series turned into a bloody brawl between WBA #11 ranked 160lber Anthony Fitzgerald and former amateur standout Eamonn O'Kane. Fitzgerald started immensely spirited and tried to bully O'Kane with all kind of punches, both legitimate and not, in the first. O'Kane survived this early squall and started to retaliate in the second. Fitzgerald suffered a bad cut over his forehead in the second, and this affected his performance from that point on. O'Kane was able to end the fight with clearly more telling blows.

At the end, Mark Greene had it 29-28 - for Fizgerald, but he was overruled by Terry O'Connor (30-27) and Howard John Foster (29-28) who both awarded it to Eamonn O'Kane (5-0, 2 KOs). BoxingScene also favored O'Kane over Fitzgerald (13-3, 4 KOs): 29-28.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Maidana vs Rios on 05-07-2012

[QUOTE=Uns;12083092]I remember Corley talking about his boot designs after Mosely and Pac and he looked real cool and chilled. Happy for him.[/QUOTE] :laugh:

Comment by Maidana vs Rios on 05-07-2012

not a great stoppage, but not a terrible one either. maybe a little bit early, but meh. on top of the wobbly legs and hands dropping, staring at a face that was gushing blood probably clinched it in the ref's…

Comment by Silencers on 05-06-2012

I feel good for Chop Chop, I actually would like to see him get one more title shot before he retires.

Comment by Thickear on 05-06-2012

[QUOTE=JibbaJabber;12083366]another bum exposed.. good[/QUOTE] Another bum exposed? Yeah, Eamonn O'Kane. And he was a winner!!!

Comment by adampsufc on 05-06-2012

could see it coming from a mile off, he's well overrated!

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