Unbeaten Donegal light middleweight boxer John Hutchinson continued the flying start to his pro boxing career with a sensational points win over American Robert Brando-Hunt in front of a vociferous Irish-American crown at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Boston on Saturday night.
Hutchinson outworked and outpointed his foe, earning a 40-36 points victory over four rounds which improves the Inishowen slugger’s record to 5-0-2 and takes him a step closer to his dream of an Irish title.
Hutchinson, who prepared for the fight in Birmingham with trainers Jon Pegg and Soggy Counihan, enjoys a massive groundswell of support from the Massachusetts’ Irish community but the Donegal boxer did not let the crowd get into his head as he thwarted Brando-Hunt with an educated jab and punishing body shots throughout.
Fellow Inishowen fighter Michael McLaughlin Owen also appeared on the Canton bill and snatched a six rounds point victory in a thriller with Colombian Sergio Cabrera. Both men visit the canvas before McLaughlin was announced the 57-54 winner on the scorecards.
Hutchinson’s manager Leonard Gunning said: “Hutchie really wanted to take this fight. He felt the Technical Draw in their first fight was a blot on his copybook and wanted to set the record straight this time.
“Most boxers would’ve forgotten about it and wanted nothing to do with that guy again but John had to ‘scratch the itch’ and prove he could beat this guy at boxing and not just brawling.
“In their first fight Hutchie was too eager to please the crowd which included Irish boxing legend Sean Mannion and top rated Irish-American southpaw Danny O’Connor, who carried the Irish flag into the ring for John before the fight.
“He was too pumped up and rushed his work to try and get Brando-Hunt out of there as quick as he could to please the crowd. In his haste the pair clashed heads and the fight was stopped because of the bleeding to Brando-Hunt’s head.
“Hutchinson should have been declared the winner but as there wasn’t enough rounds completed to go to the scorecards.
“What has pleased me most about this win is that he had a game plan, kept to it, and that paid dividends.
“He loves boxing in Boston, it’s like a home from home for him out there and hopefully we’ll be back again soon because the support is great there.”