James Tennyson vs Garry Neale

James Tennyson blasts through Gary Neale

Published On Sunday, February 10, 2019By Tim Rickson

James Tennyson blows Garry Neale away in two

Portsmouth's Garry Neale (10-1) took an ambitious step up in levels to face Belfast's James Tennyson (23-3), but was blown away in two-rounds by the experienced former World title challenger.

The former European champion came into the ten-round non-title lightweight bout at the Ulster Hall following a failed IBF World super-featherweight title challenge to Tevin Farmer in Boston last October.

The experienced 'Assassin' had unbeaten Neale’s number in the first-round and finished matters clinically in the second with heavy shots that Portsmouth puncher just wasn't accustomed to. Neale did go down in the opener, but it was ruled a slip. He was down twice in the second sgment and couldn't make the second count.

Hard-hitting Tennyson notched up a 19th KO from 23 wins and next defends his Commonwealth super-featherweight crown in a maiden title defence on March 30 in Belfast.

The Mark Dunlop-promoted show in belfast marked the return of professional boxing at the Ulster Hall for the first time in seven years.

On the undercard, Coalisland’s Feargal McCrory’s (10-0) win over Karl Kelly (2-3) landed him the Irish lightweight title, but insists his future lies at super-featherweight. The brutal battle saw both boxers cut and bloodied, with the 26-year-old unbeaten southpaw's hand raised at the end to claim his first professional title after a barrage of unanswered ounches forced referee David John Irving to step in and halt proceedings.

Paul Hyland Jnr (20-1) was forced to climb off the canvas to claim a spirited win over Miroslav Serban (10-2). Serban did have the knockdown in the fifth-round but Hyland Jnr boxed well in patches on the back foot to claim the win 78-74.

Tommy McCarthy (13-1) cruised to a points win over Jiri Svacina (13-34), while Cathy McAleer (2-0) entertained her raucous support with a great four-round win over the equally game Sonia Klos (0-5).

Add in wins for Mathew Fitzsimons (4-1) and Luke Wilton (20-5-1) capped off a fantastic night of boxing in what was the only pro boxing event in the UK on that night.