Issue | Premium | Reports | Jul 22 2019

Murphy delights his Cork faithful with win against Mate

Noely Murphy boxed in Cork for the first time as a professional and scored a comfortable win against Hungarian Adam Mate, writes Joe O'Neill
Noely Murphy
Ricardo Guglielminotti:thefightingirish.ie  |  Noely Murphy
Cork • July 20

PRO boxing returned to Cork for the first time in a decade on with the “Leeside Revolution”.

It was actually a promoter from a Muay Thai background, Martin Horgan, who took the plunge to bring the sweet science back to the Rebel County, putting on a bumper cross-promotion at the atmospheric Neptune Basketball Stadium on the north side of the Ireland’s third city.

Based in Woodlawn, New York, Macroom’s Noely Murphy had the opportunity to box in his home county of Cork for the first time as a professional. An Irish title fight had been planned but two separate opponents pulled out, leaving headliner Murphy frustratingly reduced to an eight-round international contest.