MTK Fight Night Burnett v Gomera
By Dan McConnell
Last night at Belfast’s iconic Ulster Hall played hosted to MTK Fight Nights first ever broadcast show live on ESPN and IFL TV.
In what was another hugely successful night of boxing in Belfast, following the Cummings Keeler matchup on the 29th of Match.
The stars were in attendance including Carl Frampton, Michael and Jamie Conlan, Tyrone McKenna, Paddy Barnes and also Bellator MMA’s James Gallagher.
In the main event Belfast’s own Ryan Burnett (20-1) returned home to face Jelbit Gomera (14-6) in a WBC International super-bantamweight title fight.
Both made traded blows in the first four rounds, in a contest that could of went either way. However, it was the experience of the former unified bantamweight champion that shone through in the fifth and sixth rounds. Burnett landed an excellent body shot in the sixth, with his opponent unable to recover.
Burnett admitted to some ring rust from his layoff but overall was quicker, sharper and showed his experience. The Philippino was game early on but was worn down by Burnett’s constant pressure.
In the co-main event former friends turned bitter rivals, Dublin’s Declan Geraghty took on Belfast’s Marco McCullough for the vacant IBF European featherweight title.
The opening rounds had both men going at it from the first bell, in what looked an emotional performance from both. A series of cuts opened on the eyes of both fighters, until McCullough landed a nice overhand right to drop the Dubliner who was unable to beat the count.
Sean McComb beat Miroslav Serban via referee stoppage in the first round.
Steven Donnelly beat Edwin Palacios via bodyshot KO in the fourth round.
Poddy McCrory beat Eric Nwankwo via decision.
Lewis Crocker beat Jumanne Camero via decision.
Dee Sullivan beat Pawel Strykowski via decision.
Callum Bradley beat Rafael Castillo via decision.
Sean Duffy beat Antônio Horvatic via referee stoppage in the third round.