James McGivern flattens opponent with sensational finish at SSE Arena

Photo shows James McGivern after knocking out Rashid Omar
-Credit: (Image: Queensberry Promotions)

Belfast boxer James McGivern scored a sensational early knockout to defend his BUI Celtic lightweight title at the SSE Arena on Friday night.

McGivern flattened Rashid Omar in the second round to take his professional record to 9-0 in his home city.

The 26-year-old southpaw dropped his Cardiff-based opponent with a superb combination that saw him fall face first to the canvas.

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A huge left hand stunned Omar before another left to the body sent the 35-year-old to the ground.

It was a statement win for McGivern on a big night of boxing in Belfast. And one he promised in the pre-fight build-up.

McGivern said earlier in the week: "This is part of the big time now. It is a shop window for me, and it's make or break. If I perform well here then it can open a few doors for me. It could propel my career.

"Yes, that adds pressure. But I always say when the pressure is on, I deliver. I turn up and do it time and time again.

"There will be a massive audience on this show. And if I go out and perform the way I know I can, then people will be saying 'where the f*** has this guy been?'."

The knockout came on a bumper night of boxing action in Belfast, with the Queensberry card headlined by Belfast's Conor Quinn (9-0-1) facing Doncaster native Conner Kelsall (11-0) for the vacant Commonwealth Flyweight Championship, while Dublin's Pearce O'Leary makes the fourth defence of his WBC International Super-Lightweight Championship against Australia-based Blanchardstown native Darragh Foley.

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