India’s boxing sensation Vijender destroyed Dean Gillen inside one round with a phenomenal power-packed performance at the National Stadium in Dublin in his first ever professional fight in Ireland. Singh followed up his pro debut last month, when he smashed Sonny Whiting at the Manchester Arena, with another destructive display, but in less than half the time, as he pummelled Nottingham’s Gillen with big right hands. Gillian went down in the middle of the round, which was ruled a slip by the referee, but Singh went straight on the attack. He didn’t let Gillen rest as he landed punch after punch with Gillen in the corner until Singh detonated a devastating right that dropped him and left him unable to beat the referee’s ten-count at the end of the round.
The 30-year-old from Haryana, who’s based in Manchester, was delighted with the performance which was again televised live to his homeland in India on Sony Six and the viewers couldn’t have failed to be impressed by his explosive display.
“Wow! that was quick, man!” Said an excited Singh.
“I felt very comfortable in there and lined him up with my jabs first to get the range, but then when I started connecting with the right I knew it was only a matter of time before I caught him properly,”
“He went down, which the referee said was a slip, I wasn’t so sure about that, but anyway when he got back up I knew I’d hurt him so I went straight into him and didn’t stop punching until he went down,”
“When I landed the last right hand and he dropped I had a feeling that he wasn’t going to get up and when the referee counted to ten it was a fantastic feeling to get my first KO on my record,”
“I said that after the first fight I’d improve and I think that I showed some of the development and improvement tonight, but there’s a lot more to come from me.”
Singh’s final fight of the year will be on Saturday 19th December card at the Manchester Arena on the huge double world-title fight card headlined by Andy Lee’s WBO World Middleweight Title clash against Andy Lee and WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith’s first world title defence.
Francis Warren said, “That was very very impressive from Vijender and I’m delighted that he made such a big statement here tonight in Dublin and to the viewers on BoxNation and it also went live to India and that must have gone down a real treat there.”
Irish hero Jamie Conlan stopped Adrian Dimas Garzon in four rounds with rival Paul Butler watching on from ringside at the National Stadium in Dublin.
It was Conlan’s return to the historic venue after his thriller against Junior Granados in July when he was involved in a brutal war with the Mexican and was dropped twice in the seventh round before rallying back to win on the scorecards.
This time Conlan, known as The Mexican, made an easier night of it by dropping Argentine Garzon in the fourth round with a crunching body shot and after getting up, Conlan plied the pressure on with Garzon on the ropes and the referee stopping the fight.
The 28-year-old from Belfast, who holds the WBO Intercontinental title which was not on the line, took his record to a perfect 15-0 with 9 KO’s.
Also watching ringside was his younger brother Michael, who became Ireland’s first ever male world amateur champion last month in Qatar, and Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor, which shows the growing popularity of Conlan.
A blockbuster showdown against Ellesmere Port star Butler, the former IBF World Bantamweight Champion, could happen next year and Conlan believes he would be the winner.
“It was good to get Garzon out of there early and without going through what I went through against Granados!” Said Conlan.
“I like to please the crowd as they pay good hard earned money to see me fight and they got the result they wanted when I stopped Garzon,”
“The talk will be of Butler next and I hope it happens, at this weight without a lot of big names we need each other and that would be one hell of a fight,”
“I’m glad he made it over to Dublin to see me fight tonight and the next time I want to see him is when we’re in the ring together,”
“I know I can beat him, he’s fast, but I’m faster, he can punch, but I can puncher harder, I know I’m just that little bit better than him in every department.”
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Featherweight Contest
CIARAN McVARNOCK WPTS4 (40-36) JOE BEADON
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
VIJENDER SINGH WKO1 (3:00) DEAN GILLEN
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
SEAN TURNER WTKO1 GABOR FARKAS
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
ISSAC MACLEOD WTKO2 (2:44) LUBOS PRIEHRADNIK
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
DECLAN GERAGHTY WPTS6 (60-54) REYNALDO CAJINA
THE CELTIC WARRIOR CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
8 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 200 LBS
IAN TIMS WPTS8 (76-75) MICHAEL SWEENEY
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Lightweight Contest
JAMIE KAVANAGH WTKO7 (2:08) OZKAR FIKO
THE WBO EUROPEAN SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
JAMIE COX WTKO1 (1:08) FERENC ALBERT
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Flyweight Contest
JAMIE CONLAN WTKO4 (1:57) ADRIAN DIMAS GARZON
THE WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF IRELAND
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
PETER McDONAGH WPTS10 (97-95) DEAN BYRNE
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Championship
DAVID McGUIRE DPTS4 (38-38) JOZEF KUSMIREK
4 X 3 Minute Middleweight Rounds Contest
CIARAN MULLEN WTKO1 (2:20) LEWIS VAN POETSCH