Unbeaten welterweight prospect Sean Ben Mulligan (5-0) resumes his promising career when he fights at the Middleton Arena in Manchester on November 5th Live on BBTV www.britishboxers.co.uk – on a Black Flash Promotions show.
He hails from Prestwich in Manchester and is trained by Pat Barrett at the Collyhurst and Moston Club, and he has been tipped for big things.
Also on the bill is the local derby scrap between local Middleton lads Matty Ryan and Darryl Sharp, plus Mark Heffron, Lyndon Arthur and Alex McCloy.
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On Friday July 31st, in what was to be the penultimate contest of the evening in Manchester, Mulligan engaged in a scheduled four round thriller with Bedfordshire brawler Duane Grimes, a light welterweight fight, that Mulligan won by TKO in the third live on BBTV.
The effervescent Grimes marched forward in characteristic style, catching an at times static Mulligan with right hands to the head in fast motion, forcing the Prestwich man to fight fire with fire at times throughout the fight.
Mulligan neglected a smooth boxing approach in favour of winging away with his own right hands, sometimes missing considerably, but leaving nothing to curiosity in terms of his intentions of a knockout win as stated before the show.
Mulligan’s gung ho outlook paid off in the third, with a volley of punches landing swiftly to the head of Grimes, convincing referee Phil Edwards to stop the contest at 1.50 of the third round, to the absolute delight of every person in the arena, every person on their feet and showing their appreciation for the popular Mulligan and the exciting fight and turn around they had just witnessed from the home boy.
But then in a worrying twist to the elation of victory, Mulligan began to complain to his corner of feeling unwell and asked coach Pat Barrett to get the corner stool out. He managed to stand through a post fight interview in the ring, but as he stepped from it afterwards on unsteady legs, it was obvious all wasn’t well and he immediately sat down on a ringside seat. There was a look of pain on Mulligan’s face as he grimaced with stomach cramps and was blinking and doctors and paramedics were called to check on the winning boxers condition.He was taken outside for some air and fitted with an oxygen mask by the on site anaesthetist, who after checking the boxer over and learning of his sickness and blurred vision, made the decision to rush Mulligan to the Salford Royal hospital for a CT scan to check for bruising or bleeding to the brain, normal procedure in these extreme circumstances. Thankfully, Mulligan received a clean bill of health from the hospital brain scan, but it was confirmed he suffering severe dehydration, a perforated ear drum (hence the loss of balance and blurred vision) and his urine sample came back with signs of a viral infection. All in all and under the circumstances a positive result and one that everyone was holding their breath on.
It is a wonder given the hospital’s diagnoses that Mulligan managed to get through the fight at all, he later told BBTV, “Every punch was hurting me even his elbows inside were hurting my body and I had no energy.
“Even in the dressing room on the pads before the fight there was just nothing there, I felt weak and tired, I just don’t know what was wrong with me, but I just wanted to fight so much and I was going to get in there no matter what and find a way to win and that is what I did, I had to dig deep.”
Mulligan was released from the hospital the next day and is now back home recuperating. He will take some time to rest and get well and will be making an appointment with the ear specialist next week to check on the severity of the injury. A family holiday is booked and when he gets back he hopes to get back in the gym and resume his promising professional career and hopes to fight again before the end of the year.