The Irish News Archive - Sep 19 1998: Danny Ryan battles to IBO Inter-Continental title triumph
IRISH boxing welcomed a new title holder last night when ‘Donegal Express’ Danny Ryan lifted the IBO Intercontinental super-middleweight belt at Maysfield Leisure Centre in Belfast.
Although a middleweight, Ryan stepped up one division to defeat the experienced Jimmy Vincent of Birmingham after an entertaining bout which lasted the distance.
Ryan made hard work of his achievement, one which ends two years of his frustration, allowing Vincent to enjoy wins in the 10th an 11th rounds after dictating the early stages.
The judges favoured Ryan 116-112, 118-111 and 116- 113.
Glenn McLarnon came through unscathed in his fourth professional fight to remain unbeaten despite the stubbornness of Birmingham’s Mark Ramsey. Lurgan born McLarnon won his light welterweight bout by a mere half point, 39 1/2 to 39.
He won convincingly the first two rounds but Ramsey responded in kind for every onslaught all-action McLarnon offered.
Ramsey came on strong at the end of the third round, forcing McLarnon into his own corner. But McLarnon responded to the challenge.
Throughout the speedy combinations from McLarnon caught Ramsey on the back foot, the two refused to steady the pace and to the final bell maintained the all-action start.
The Englishman was clearly unhappy at the end of the fourth and final round when referee David Irving raised the arm of the local man.
FORMER Derry football manager Brian Mullins has accused one of his senior players of being “very disruptive” during the county’s Ulster championship winning run this summer.
Mullins, who officially stepped down from the post last week in the aftermath of Derry’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway on August 23, said the player in question “had a significant and detrimental influence” on the younger members of the squad.
“I had difficulty with a senior player in the panel being very disruptive and having his own ideas about what was required,” he said.
“I do not wish to go into personal details about this and I do not wish to name him as the press is not the correct forum.
“But we will meet again and I will get the right opportunity to express my views to him.”
Speaking in the Derry Journal, Mullins continued: “I believe he had a significant and detrimental influence and was disruptive and unhelpful to less experienced members of the panel.
“The players know who he is and he knows himself. Subject closed.”
CIARAN Power rode a superb race in the Tour of Hokkaido yesterday.
The Irish star finished fourth in stage three of the event to cap a fine outing for Gerry Beggs’ Irish team.
Team-mates Ray Clarke (sixth) and Michael McNena (10th) both claimed finish spots inside the top 10.
FORMER professional Tommy Murphy won the Billy Mills Memorial tournament when he defeated Aaron Cahoon by just 18 points.
Murphy took the honours after a very exciting final played over two hours in front of a large crowd at the Windsor clubrooms in Belfast.
Murphy, who had trailed for most of the match came with a late run of breaks to pip young Cahoon at the bell by 505 to 487.