Buncrana’s John Hutchinson chalked up another win as he continued the flying start to his professional boxing career with a sensational points win over hometown favourite, Gerard Healy on Saturday night.
Featuring on the undercard of Tyson Furey’s world heavyweight title eliminator bill at the Odyssey Arena, the rugged 26-year-old out-worked and out-pointed the more experienced Belfast man in a 12 minute toe-to-toe war that earned the accolade of ‘Fight of the Night’.
Hutchinson, who boxes out of Breen’s Gym in Belfast, crossed the ring after the first bell, bobbing and weaving his way into close quarters and began to lash away at his foe.
Healy immediately responded with a number of doubled up jabs and long right hooks in an attempt to thwart Hutchinson’s wave of attacks but the Donegal fighter piled forward laying on as much pressure as he could to take the first round.
The second round saw much of Hutchinson’s best work as the landed a number meaty shots at close quarters when Healy attempted to push the pace.
The momentum swung back in favour of the Antrim man in the third round as Healy bit down on his gumshield and found his second wind.
Hutchinson needed to win the fourth and final round to ensure he maintained his unbeaten record.
In the final round the pair traded blows in equal measure and heads clashed as the blood and thunder encounter made its way into the final minute of the contest. Hutchinson, roared on by a large band of Donegal supporters, then found an extra reserve to pin his opposite number against the ropes and fired off a volley of head and body shots which was enough to seal the victory in the eyes of referee, John Lowey, who scored the bout 40-37 in Hutchinson’s favour.
“It was a hard fight and he was a better man tonight than his previous performance,” said Hucthinson. “But I thought I was the busier boxer, and when I did ‘box’ as I should’ve been I was quicker and beating him to the punch but I got drawn into a scrap and let the occasion and emotion get to me,” added a critical Hutchinson.
“I knew he was confident and coming for the win, but I was well prepared for this one. It was a true toe-to-toe fight and all-action, but I enjoyed it, I enjoy those types of fights more than I should and so do the fans but I enjoyed the result even more.
“I will relax and enjoy Christmas now. We have options to go and fight in England and even Dubai so we will see how those pan out and make a decision on the next step in the new year.
“I plan on it being a big year for me and hopefully I will start targeting some titles,” he concluded.