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McDonagh Outpoints Pryce to Retain WBU International 154-Pound Title

07.05.04 - In a spirited, fast-paced fight, undefeated Thomas McDonagh successfully defended his WBU International light middleweight title with a close, hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over former IBF International 140-pound champion Bradley Pryce Thursday on SHOWTIME. In the "ShoBox: The New Generation" co-feature, former Masters British champion Choi Tseveenpurev dealt Kevin O'Hara his first loss on an eight-round decision. The doubleheader at The Barnsley Metrodome was promoted by Frank Warren's Sports Network and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed in the United States). The telecast represented the 42nd in the popular "ShoBox" series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001.

McDonagh (24-0-2, 5 KOs), of Manchester, England, won his second title defense by the scores of 116-113 and 115-113 twice. Utilizing an excellent jab and straight right hand, McDonagh started fast and dominated the initial six rounds. He faltered in the middle rounds as Pryce closed the gap, but the defending champion finished strongest to earn the victory in an excellent fight. There were no knockdowns. McDonagh, who captured the vacant WBU International 154-pound crown with a 12-round decision over Eugenio Monteiro on Sept. 27, 2003, retained it the first time with a second-round TKO over Bobby Banghar on Feb. 26, 2004, on "ShoBox." The victory was the ninth in a row for McDonagh.

Pryce (18-4, 11 KOs) of Newport, Wales, pressed the action throughout and never quit coming forward despite bleeding from the nose and a cut on the bridge of his nose. After falling behind, he rallied at the halfway bout and mostly had his way during rounds seven-through-10. He tired in the final two rounds, however, to fall a tad short and drop to 2-4 in his last six starts. Pryce, who won his first 16 starts after turning pro on July 17, 1999, was making his second "ShoBox" appearance. In his network debut, he registered a 10-round decision over Ivan Kirpa on May 8, 2003.

Tseveenpurev (17-3, 10 KOs), of Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, was clearly the aggressor during a fight he took on just six day's notice. Tseveenpurev, who did not get into boxing until he was in his early 20's, and was a nomad before he was a boxer, worked the body effectively en route to winning by 78-75 on the lone scorecard of referee Howard Foster. Before losing to former world champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba on March 13, 2004, Tseveenpurev had reeled off nine straight victories. On Dec. 9, 2001, he recorded a fifth-round TKO over Kevin Gerowski to win the vacant British Masters featherweight title.

O'Hara (9-1, 3 KOs), of Belfast, Northern Ireland, moved backward for much of the eight rounds as he tried to box and counter from the outside. O'Hara, who represented his country at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, won his previous six bouts by decision.

"ShoBox: The New Generation" features up-and-coming prospects determined to make a mark and eventually fight for a chance at a world title. The best of the new generation of hungry, young boxers will have an opportunity to showcase their talent and heart as they battle each other in competitive fights in front of a national television audience. "ShoBox: The New Generation" is pure, basic boxing, reminiscent of the golden days of the sport.

Nick Charles called Thursday's action from ringside, with Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst. The executive producer of the telecast was Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing.

The next "ShoBox" telecast is Thursday, May 20, on SHOWTIME.

For information on "ShoBox: The New Generation" and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts, including complete fighter bios, records, related stories and more, please go the SHOWTIME website at http://www.sho.com/boxing.

Article posted on 07.05.2004



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