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Wille ‘Sandman’ Mitchell knocks out opponent in ‘brilliant’ performance
Ireland, Belfast: Thursday, 22 December 2011
Local boxer, Willie Mitchell, left, who won his second professional fight on Saturday, knocking out Mally Richardson in the third round. He is photographed with his coach, Joe Gallagher.
WILLIE ‘Sandman’ Mitchell’s fledgling professional boxing career took another massive step forward on Saturday night in the Emerald Roadhouse, Belfast, when he knocked out Mally Richardson in his second paid contest.
There was plenty of acrimony in the build-up to the encounter, with Richardson taunting the local boxer, calling him ‘Sadman’ and bragging that he would laugh in the Tattyreagh GAA Club man’s face after taking his hardest punch.
On the night, and in front of a huge and passionate bunch of supporters, Mitchell displayed all of his talent and made a mockery of the Blackpool fighter’s pre-bout claims by knocking himdown in the first round, controlling the second, and knocking him out in the third. Ahead of the contest, the fighters had agreed to make it a ‘winner takes all’ bout, but after winning so convincingly and in the spirit of the season, Mitchell gave Richardson his cut of the purse.
“He boxed brilliantly,” beamed Mitchell’s coach, Joe Gallagher. “He decked him in the first round, owned him in the second and knocked him out in the third, it was great.
“The support Willie had on Saturday was unreal, the door staff at the venue told me that they had never seen support like it. Mally turned out to be a really nice guy and apologised for the acrimony before the fight. His exact words were ‘it’s all just panto’, and Willie doesn’t hold grudges.”
Having firmly put Richardson away and having already dispatched Downpatrick’s Mark McMahon on his debut at the Mellon Country Hotel in October, Mitchell will be travelling further afield for his next encounter.
The 26-year-old southpaw has been invited to fight in Malta in February for a televised bout.
“The Boxing Board of Control in Malta have invited Willie over in February for a televised fight,” explained Gallagher. “They are trying to build up boxing out there and they see Willie, with his big punches, as they excitement they need. So, they have given us four options of who to fight, so I will watch some videos of them before we make a decision.”
And in further good news within the ‘Sandman’ camp, Gallagher confirmed that Mitchell has received offers from two big-named London promoters – Frank Warren and Mickey Hellit – who are interested in promoting the light-welterweight’s future fights.
“Frank Warren and Mickey Hellit have both expressed an interest in signing him. Hellit wants to promote him in Omagh, bring fights and possibly a televised fight to Omagh and gradually grow it, so we’re considering our options,” concluded Gallagher.
Photo: Local boxer, Willie Mitchell, left, who won his second professional fight on Saturday, knocking out Mally Richardson in the third round. He is photographed with his coach, Joe Gallagher.
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BRAZIL MAKES HISTORY ON BAKU 2011 FINAL DAY
Beijing Olympian and WSB star, 23-year-old Brazilian Everton dos Santos fought against University World Champion, Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk. The Light Welter was the only boxer among the finalists coming from the last 64. Thus the Ukrainian was probably more tired than the South American. The Brazilian athlete dominated the fight in the first three minutes and was leading by 8:3 before both boxers received public warnings in the second round. Lopes kept a four points advantage. The last three minutes brought a real manly fight resulting with a close Brazilian victory: an historical gold medal for the South American country.
On the opening contest of the day, China’s only finalist in Baku was Beijing Olympic Games winner and twice AIBA World Champion, 30-year-old Shiming Zou who fought against current Asian Champion, 22-year-old Korean Jong Shin who secured bronze at the last edition of the Championships in Milan. The Chinese light flyweight dominated the fight in the second round to lead 13:6. Although Shin gave his best in the last round, Zou used all his skills to win his third World Championships title by 20:11. Shiming Zou becomes the first boxer to win three gold medals in the history of the lowest weight division.
MEDAL RECORD HAUL FOR BRITAIN
Great Britain finished with three silver medals and one bronze at the World Amateur Championships after an agonising final day which saw Luke Campbell, Andrew Selby and Anthony Joshua all narrowly denied gold in Baku.
European champion Selby lost 13-12 to world number one Misha Aloyan of Russia at flyweight, while Hull’s Campbell was then edged out 14-10 by Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in the bantamweight final.
In the final bout of the tournament, Londoner Joshua was defeated 22-21 by Azerbaijan’s Magonedrasul Medzhidov in an explosive super-heavyweight contest in front of a passionate home crowd.
The trio were joined in the podium ceremonies by Liverpool’s Tom Stalker, who won bronze in the light-welterweight division.
The four-medal haul was the best performance by a GB Boxing team at the World Championships and topped the three medals won in Chicago in 2007. The team also qualified boxers in five of the weight categories for next year’s London Olympics.
IRELAND‘S GALLAGHER BEST R&J AT BAKU
Ireland’s Michael Gallagher has finished on top of the referees and judges podium at the 16th AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Gallagher was today chosen as the best R&J following the conclusion of the 113-nation Championships in the Azerbaijani capital.
Michael Gallagher being presented with his award by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. The Omagh, Co Tyrone native has officiated at numerous national and international tournaments over the last 20 years.
RAU’SHEE WARREN WINS A BRONZE MEDAL AT THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – American flyweight Rau’shee Warren’s (Cincinnati, Ohio) run toward a second world title ended on Friday with a 17-13 loss to Russia’s Misha Aloyan in their semifinal contest at the 2011 World Championships. Warren won a bronze medal in the event as well as securing his berth in a record third straight Olympic Games.
VIKAS KRISHAN HAD TO SETTLE FOR THE BRONZE
In the welterweight (69kg) category after he lost to Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine in the semi-final of the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday.
Pitted against the European Championships bronze medallist Shelestyuk, Vikas failed to play his natural game and lost 12-15. Vikas, an Asian Games gold medallist, repeated the bronzemedal winning feat of Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar (75kg) at the mega-event but became the youngest Indian to clinch a medal at 19. Vijender was the first Indian to win a bronze at the World meet in 2009.
ARMENIAN BOXER BECOMES RUSSIA’S SOLE WORLD CHAMPION IN BAKU
During the final bouts on Saturday at AIBA World Boxing Championships 2011, being held in Baku, Azerbaijan—which serve as first international Olympic qualifier for the London Olympics—Misha Aloyan, representing Russia, stepped into the ring against Welsh Andrew Selby for the championship title in 52-kg category and defeated his opponent on points.
CUBA/ TWO NEW WORLD CHAMPIONS IN BOXING
Cuban boxers Lazaro Alvarez and Julio Cesar la Cruz became world champions after winning their respective bouts in the finals of the Baku 2011 World Championships.
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Cuba’s team captain, Julio la Cruz proved to be in great shape though the whole tournament, and with excellent footwork and straight punches sorted difficult hurdles, including defending Champion Egor Mekhontsev from Russia in semi-finals.
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