5 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A shattering fourth-round knockout defeat at the gloves of Polish powerhouse Mariusz Wach has left Kevin McBride pondering his future in the heavyweight boxing ranks.
The Clones Colossus was toppled by a stunning over-hand right that send him crashing to the canvass in the Mohegan Sun Arena at Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday night, where he remained prone for some time before being taken away on a stretcher.
Ironically the abrupt end to proceedings came when Kevin, who weighed in at a career high of 296 lbs, was trying to force the issue in the contest, holding the centre of the ring against his more mobile opponent – regarded as one of the most promising prospects in the big hitters’ division – and landing a telling right hand.
Unfortuately the punch, and an inadvertent elbow by the Irish pugilist to the ear of Wach which caused it to bleed, precipatated the Pole into overdrive and he unloaded a series of scoring shots that culminated in the blow that rendered his opponent unconscious after two minutes and twenty-five seconds of the fourth round.
McBride and his manager Gerry Quinn have so far kept their counsel about the boxer’s immediate future, but it does seem that the Clones warrior, who looked primed for a world title shot when bringing down the curtain on Iron Mike Tyson’s stellar ring era a number of years ago, has come to a crisis point on a career trajectory that has recently taken a precipitative downward plunge.
McBride and Wach were contending for the vacant World Boxing Council International belt, a spurious enough accolade but one of a type that serves as a passport to more lucrative contests for the winner.
The New Jersey-based Wach, now undefeated in 26 contests and with the McBride scalp forming a 14th victory by the short route, appears destined for an eventual shot at world title glory.
That dream, the chase of which has kept Kevin McBride in the “hurt game”, as Tyson has dubbed it, well into his thirties, now seems a distant one for the big-hearted Clones man.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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