Jack Maguire Emerges Victorious In Cage Warriors 114 All-Ireland Bantamweight Clash

Jack Maguire emerged victorious over Ciaran Mulholland in their all-Ireland bantamweight clash at Cage Warriors 114 on Thursday night. The MMA Cork fighter was awarded a Unanimous Decision victory, getting the nod 30-27, 30-27, and 30-25 on the cageside judges’ scorecards.

In what was an entertaining war, Maguire just seemed to landed the cleaner and more frequent blows throughout the contest. The first round began with both Maguire and Mulholland exchanging on the feet in a nip/tuck chess match. Maguire began to establish his jab as the round went on, keeping Mulholland at distance. Mulholland frequently countered with hooks to the body and head, but a lot of the shots seemed to land on Maguire’s guard. Maguire did well to incorporate leg kicks into his gameplan, and he landed the cleaner strikes, taking the closest round of the fight 10-9.

Round two began similar to the first with some back and forth striking exchanges. After a brief clinch against the cage, Mulholland landed a clean right elbow on the break. Maguire returned fire with a right hand of his own, but was caught with a powerful right hand from the Belfast man, stunning Maguire in his tracks with the biggest shot of the fight so far. Maguire recovered incredibly well, landing a strong left hook to Mulholland’s body, followed by a head kick and further body shots. Maguire took over from there, and fired a beautiful straight right hand down the middle, which sent Mulholland backwards towards the cage. Maguire forced a takedown in the final 10 seconds to close out the round.

Maguire was dominant in the third round, going to the well with his leg kicks and jab to keep Mulholland at bay. Mulholland countered a high kick from Maguire with a takedown and briefly threatened a guillotine choke, but Maguire comfortably moved into side control. Maguire landed a hard right hand as the pair rose to their feet, which appeared to momentarily drop Mulholland, but the Titans MMA man recovered well. Mulholland attempted another guillotine choke against the cage towards the end of the contest, but once again Maguire passed into side control to close out the fight.

Jack Maguire picks up his first professional win and moves to 1-1. Ciaran Mulholland moves to 0-2 in his pro career.

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