Eamonn Magee Jnr gets back to business at Devenish Complex

Eamonn Magee jr
Eamonn Magee jr

Eamonn Magee Jnr made it two wins from two as a professional at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on Saturday night.

Magee stopped Dinars Skripkins in the first round of their contest after dropping Skripkins with a right hand after dominating the opening exchanges.

It was a good performance from the southpaw and he is now looking forward to the rest of 2015.

“I am hoping to be out on shows again in May and June and the aim is to stay busy and keep on winning,” he said.

“I was pleased with my performance and it was a good stoppage and win.

“The whole show went well and it was just good to be back fighting again – since my last fight was June last year.

“I’m glad I took the fight but there was some hassle as the Malta boxing board ran it and the British Boxing board were not happy about.

“But at the end of the day, I am a boxer and want to fight and I was not getting on any of the other shows – so I went ahead and fought.”

There were also wins on the night for Tommy Tolan and Matthew Fitzsimmons.

Tolan won an Irish professional title after Phillip Townley was stopped in the fifth because of cuts.

And Fitzsimmons won his clash after Aleksandrs Birkenbergs retired on his stool at the end of the second round.

Meanwhile, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan scored two emphatic victories for Italia Thunder against the USA Knockouts in the World Series of Boxing on Saturday night.

Barnes had his hand raised in victory at the expense of Melik Elliston after his opponent’s corner threw in the towel late in the fourth round in Italy.

The Denver fighter had lost all three rounds up to that point, and with Barnes unleashing almost his entire arsenal the fight was stopped by the USA corner.

Barnes now moves two points clear at the top of the WSB Individual rankings with two fights remaining in the race for the one automatic WSB light-fly Olympic place.

Conlan produced a classy five rounds to take a 50-45 verdict across the board against USA bantam Francisco Martinez.

Conlan boxed southpaw for the entire contest against the American.

The win moves Conlan right back into the frame for Olympic qualification with two fights remaining.