Martin McDonagh noqueó a Connor Marsden en el último round para lograr el primer título de su carrera (Vídeo del combate)
Martin McDonagh knocked out Connor Marsden in the last round to win his first title (Full fight video)
York Hall, London, United Kingdom. Championship for the BBBofC Southern Area lightweight belt (Marsden’s second attempted defense) and English title eliminator.
Without knowing how the fight was being scored by the judge-referee, it is not clear if Martin McDonagh 11(1KO)-2(1) dodged a bullet in the last round of the bout against Connor Marsden 6(2KO)-3(3). In any case, what is clear is that, having had some difficulties after the half and having lost a point, McDonagh couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first stoppage victory than with this TKO in the last round, which earned him the first title of his professional career.
Clashing the orthodox stance of Marsden and the southpaw stance of McDonagh, their different heights (with an advantage for the former) and their desire to get out of the ring with the belt, in the fight there were repeated clinches preceded by some one-twos or brief combinations of hook and straight hand. Between the lack of order and the headbutts, in the first stretch McDonagh seemed to score the most forceful hands with straight lefts and left hooks, and he also managed to reduce the effect of his shorter stature by getting very close to his tall rival and looking for a physical fight with holds and punches at close range.
For his part, Marsden, although on some occasions landed a good jab or right hand, was too slow and reacted too late, so that for most of the time he could not box from the long distance and found himself into the type of fight favorable to his opponent. Also, when he later decided to go on the attack, he missed hands against McDonagh, who then moved and chose accurate counterpunches.
Still, in the seventh round Marsden landed a nice straight right hand that shook his opponent, who was warned for his repeated clinches before losing a point in the eighth round. As a result, McDonagh got even more messy advancing, received counterpunches (including several right uppercuts) and was rocked by a hook in the ninth round. However, in that same round, and when the situation had gotten difficult, McDonagh hurt Marsden with a powerful left hook, attacking him hard before a tenth round in which he put his opponent in trouble with a right hook and later knocked him down spectacularly with a hard straight left that ended the match.
By virtue of this victory, McDonagh has become mandatory challenger for the English lightweight belt held by Myron Mills, although the champion has not fought for about a year and a half and it is not very clear what his next step will be. In any case, although the technical limitations of the new Southern Area titleholder could have decisive consequences in the fight for the English title and against Marsden he depended too much on entangling the actions, McDonagh showed grit by closing the fight when it had gotten more tricky, and with it he offered some entertaining final rounds in a night to remember in his career.
Below, official video of the fight courtesy of Lets Go Management and the YouTube channel Intu Boxing: