It was a good Saturday night for both middleweight Andy Lee and light middleweight Henry Coyle, who won in separate bouts at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) TKO’ed Troy Lowry (27-11) in the man event, with the end coming at 2:59 in round four.
"It was a good win," Lee told the Irish Voice on Monday.
"It was a one-sided fight.”
Lee, who was having his second fight in 15 days, completely outclassed his 40-year-old veteran opponent from Minnesota.
“The fellow had a lot of experience, and he knew how to survive,” he continued.
“I had to break him down.”
And break him down he did, as Lowry hit the canvas fives times in the fight before the ref called a halt to the mismatch in the fourth stanza.
“I had him down a few times in the last round,” said Lee.
“He was a bit upset and he came at me, and right at the end of the round I hit him with a right hook just as the bell went.”
Lowry was down for the last time. Lee went on to say that as he walked back to his corner his brother Roger told him to turn around, and as he did he saw the ref put an end to proceedings.
The 26-year-old will now take a short break as he awaits his next assignment, and having emerged from his double header unscathed and unbeaten, it is now up to trainer/manager Emanuel Steward to work on his next fight.
The negotiations for the possible fight between Lee and fellow Irish middleweight John Duddy are still very much on, and Steward is expected to come to the New York in the next seven to 10 days to continue talks.
All indications point to strong mutual interest from both camps to make something work, but the logistics and correct promotion of the fight are the next things to be discussed.
Meanwhile, light middleweight Henry Coyle (12-2, 10 KOs) defeated Mustafah Johnson (8-8-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision on the same card as Lee.
“I very nearly got him out of there in the sixth,” Coyle told the Irish Voice Monday.
“But it was a humdinger of a fight and I am delighted to get out of it with a win.”
Coyle, who endured a tough summer with niggly injuries, emerged injury free from the contest and is keen to stay active in the ring.
He will be not taking any time off and is slated to return to action at the end of October in Cleveland.
Another U.S.-based Irish fighter with a win in the last week was light welterweight Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh, who defeated Ricardo Malfavon by unanimous decision at Club Nokia in Los Angeles to take his record to 3-0.
Kavanagh’s trainer Freddie Roach was not in his corner as he is with Manny Pacquaio in training camp in the Philippines, but the Spanish speaking Dubliner was able to win all rounds on the three judges’ scorecards.
In Ireland, Paul McCloskey successfully defended his European light welterweight title in Letterkenny on Saturday night when he stopped Scot Barry Morrison in the seventh round of their fight.
Also victorious on the night was light welterweight Andy Murray (22-0), who defeated John Mohasco (18-5-2) on points.
Finally, heavyweight Kevin McBride (34-7-1, 29 KOs) is in action this Saturday night when he fights at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London against Franklin Egobi (15-3).
Should he prevail in the three rounds fight, the 37-year-old could face the likes of Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton in the latter rounds of the tournament. The winner of the one-night competition takes home £32,000.
John Duddy has ruled out a return to Ireland after his loss against Julio Chavez junior.
There have been suggestions he might return to fight for a British or European title but he says it is not on the cards.
"When I've fought back in Ireland, the fights have been successes for me personally, but no one in the States knew they had happened, they thought I had fallen off the planet," he said.
"If you get beaten in America, the whole world knows you've been beaten, and if you win in America, the whole world knows you've won."
It is believed there is money available for a fight against Matthew Macklin or Andy Lee, but Duddy has now firmly ruled that out.
John Duddy decisioned Michael Medina in Texas Stadium on Saturday night, winning on a scorecard in his favor of of 96-93 by two judges to 96-93 for Medina on the third scorecard. Duddy's record is now 29-1.
The narrow win now sets Duddy up for a title match against Julio Cesar Chavez in June, say boxing insiders.
Duddy will not be happy with this victory however, against a boxer considered far inferior to him.
Indeed,if Medina did not have a point deducted in the eight round for a low blow the fight would have been even closer. Duddy was at his best in the earlier rounds but the fight ended with Medina scoring some good shots as the Derry man visibly wilted.
However at 29-1 Duddy can now look forward to that big payday against Chavez that has long eluded him.