Michael Hennessy Jr (2 – 0 – 1) came through a stern test last night in the Premier Suite of the University of Bolton Stadium, against a solid and well known North West banana skin opponent in Alistair Warren. The joint Hennessy Sport / VIP Promotions collaboration was inspired by an excellent working relationship between Mick Hennessy and Steve Wood.

Regarding the fight, Michael Hennessy Jr is certainly proving himself to be a bit of a throwback fighter, taking this seasoned campaigner on at very short notice and at the age of 19, this takes courage and in part the confidence of youth.

Having fought competent opponents in his first two pro bouts, and receiving a disappointing draw in Saudi Arabia on the Hughie Fury v Samuel Peters undercard, Hennessy would have been forgiven for fighting someone with less of a reputation for being a come forward, tough and stubborn fighter.

Switching between orthodox and southpaw Hennessy found himself in a battle with Warren in the early stages of the fight, both fighters trading leather in all areas of the ring. At times the crowd gasped as the young prospect was tagged a few times with Warrens customary salvo.

Hennessy Jr did not look to run or hide, experienced corner man Peter Fury giving the instructions, told the young gun to focus on his boxing which seemed to register as the fight wore on. The last 3 rounds of this 6 round encounter saw Hennessy Jr finish stronger, calling on his fitness and amateur experience to tough it out and land effective shots on the inside and also with nice straight left hands from the south paw stance. He didn’t have it all his own way of course, but certainly got the upper hand in close competitive rounds.

The final score 58-57 reflected the nature of this evenly balanced and hotly contested little scrap. It may have served as a good learning experience for the young pro and also signalled the dangers of fighting the veteran journeymen in this country, many of whom would be stars in their own rights in other countries. He has lots to learn in the game by his own admission but it’s encouraging to see a young fighter take on challenges and stand tough.

Speaking with his father and show promoter Mick Hennessy after the fight he spoke honestly “at first I didn’t want him to take it” but also beamed with pride at his sons fearless nature and willingness to get to work  “he just wants to fight and wasn’t going to back out and I’m so proud of him”

On reflection this fight was a gut check and one which Hennessy Jr came through with a lot of credit. Although the scores were close he learnt a lot about himself and the developmental aspects of the game. We look forward to seeing Hennessy Jr back in the ring, he’s an un fussy grafter in an age where young prospects are often hidden away from these types of fights until later in their careers.

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