‘Buncrana Banger’ off to Boston for title tilt

Buncrana's John Hutchinson (green shorts) will challenge for the New England middleweight title in Boston next month in the same undercard as Carndonagh's Michael McLaughlin who fights for the welterweight version of the same title.
Buncrana's John Hutchinson (green shorts) will challenge for the New England middleweight title in Boston next month in the same undercard as Carndonagh's Michael McLaughlin who fights for the welterweight version of the same title.
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Buncrana professional boxer, John Hutchinson will fight for the New England middleweight title in Boston, United States next month.

The ‘Buncrana Banger’ (pictured right wearing green shorts) will meet unbeaten middleweight, Russell Lamour (8-0-0) from Portland for the belt at the Royale nightclub, Boston on July 26th next.

Portland Boxing Club’s Lamour Jr. won the title last month when he stopped his opponent two minutes into the eighth and final round to win his first professional honour.

It’s the third time Hutchinson has fought in Boston since turning professional in 2012. The 28 year-old Buncrana man won in his last appearance in Boston, claiming a unanimous decision victory over Robert Brando-Hunt in their rematch at the Irish Cultural Centre, Canton.

It was a sensational 40-36 points win over four rounds where the Donegal man out-gunned the American thanks largely to a series of punishing body shots.

Hutchinson’s American debut, a first meeting with Brando-Hunt, ended prematurely because of a head clash.

The Inishowen boxer lost out in his bid to win the vacant Irish light middleweight title against Peter McDonagh in Reading in his last outing last March.

Therefore he’ll be hoping to get his career back on track with his first title as a pro next month.

Before then, however, Hutchinson meets journeyman, Kieron Gray at the Town Hall in Walsall as preparation for that title fight in the USA.

And there surely won’t be any setback expected in that bout as Gray boasts an unenviable record of 29 defeats from 36 fights!

Since the end of last summer, Hutchinson has been based in Birmingham, England where he trains under Mark Wall at the Prospects Boxing Academy.

Meanwhile, Carndonagh’s Boston based professional, Michael McLaughlin will feature on the same card as Hutchinson at the Royale nightclub as he takes on former Floyd Mayweather foe, Sam Girard for the vacant USA New England welterweight title.

The 42 year-old American, who boasts a record of 17-7-1 but hasn’t fought since 1998, makes his comeback against the Inishowen man and former Carn ABC member.

Girard once shared the ring with pound for pound king, Mayweather but lost by knockout in the second round of that bout in Atlantic City 16 years ago.