Mansfield boxer’s dazzling pro debut

KIERAN McGhee put in a dazzling display on his professional boxing debut, writes David Statham.

The 20-year-old, who goes by the nickname of ‘Magicman’, showed no signs of pre-fight nerves as he stepped into the ring and cast a spell over Nuneaton’s Kristian Laight, an accomplished opponent who has had over 145 fights.

Kieran began the four-round fight at the Magnus Sports School in Newark at a high pace and maintained his impressive work-rate until the final bell where the referee announced the former Mansfield Amateur Boxing Club member a clear 39-37 points winner.

A large crowd in the arena watched stylish hit-and-move boxer Kieran outwork his opponent and rack up the points with his speedy, accurate combinations. He demonstrated a good variety of punches, switching his well-timed attacks from head to body, but his opponent who has swapped punches with some of the country’s best boxers during his career, put in a determined performance and made sure Kieran didn’t have it all his won way.

Kieran’s manager Carl Greaves who promoted the show said he was really pleased with Kieran’s impressive performance.

Kieran, a boxer in the lightweight division, said: “I was delighted to get my first win. I wasn’t really nervous before the fight I was just eager to get in there and fight.

“I was really pleased with the victory because Laight is a good, experienced boxer.

He added: “I want to say a massive thankyou to Carl, to everybody who has supported me in my career and to those who came and watched me fight. The atmosphere was brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.”

Kieran could box again before the end of the year.