The all-Irish tournament started off with an all-out brawl between the two favourites Eamonn O'Kane and Anthony Fitzgerald. O'Kane won the fight by two rounds to one and the crowd was already going crazy after just one out of eight fights. Ryan Greenem JJ McDonagh and Joe Rea were the three other fighters to join the tournament favourite Eamonn O'Kane in the semi-final.
After all four quarter finals the odds had changed dramatically, with O'Kane and JJ McDonagh both heavy favourites whilst Greene and Rea had odds of 17/1 and 6/1.
The first semi-final was between only two undefeated fighters of the tournament (O'Kane and Green) and someone's '0' had to go. O'Kane proved to be too strong for an overwhelmed Greene who was stopped by the referee late into the first round. The second semi-final was a little closer but McDonagh was still the clear winner as Rea just simply didn't do enough to persuade the judges.
The final was set up to be one of the best in the tournament's history but it just ended up very scrappy as both fighters were extremely tired and didn't have the energy to fight in the way that they usually do. O'Kane did just enough to get the result and became the first Prizefighter middleweight champion.
|Corley hurt McCloskey on many occasions.|
I hate to say it but this has most likely ended any chances of McCloskey becoming a world contender as Corley is well past his best and is nothing compared to the big guys in the division such as Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson