Classy Coveney goes up west and lands himself another title

PUBLISHED: 16:44 19 October 2011

Peacock Gym battler Mickey Coveney (right) on his way to victory over Yordan Vasilev at the Millennium Hotel on Friday

Peacock Gym battler Mickey Coveney (right) on his way to victory over Yordan Vasilev at the Millennium Hotel on Friday

Erran Stewart Photography

Peacock Gym battler Mickey Coveney scored his second title success inside two months when he defeated Yordan Vasilev in their clash for the International Masters title at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, on Friday night.

The 29-year-old fighter gave his 11-year pro career a boost when he travelled to Ireland in August and defeated previously unbeaten Finbarr Eade for the vacant Irish super-featherweight title – Coveney’s father is from Ireland.

He followed up in style in the 10-round contest on Friday night when the International Masters title was at stake against his Bulgarian rival.

The east Londoner, with a reputation for upsetting some of boxing’s unbeaten prospects, built up an early advantage against his 28-year-old rival, scoring with two-handed attacks.

However, he had to show his bravery in the middle rounds of a tough tussle when he suffered a gash under his eye and was dropped to the canvas by a powerful right in the seventh round.

To his credit, the Peacock Gym fighter slammed back in the final rounds to clinch a single point verdict – and the International title.

“Vasilev gave me a tough fight, but I did not think it was that close – I thought I had won most of the rounds,” said Coveney.

However, the eye injury could wreck his hopes of chasing the big cash rewards at the Prizefighter featherweight event at York Hall on Saturday week.

Choi Tseveenpurev is included in a line-up chasing the prize as the featherweights go into action at Matchroom’s York Hall show on October 29, live on Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, Peacock Gym newcomer Alfie Smith won his pro debut on the same show when he defeated Mark McKray on points.

Smith was given a tough test by the seasoned north London fighter, but slammed home the more effective punches to launch his career with a points success.

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