The Irish National Police Force’s boxing club, Garda Siochana, came to O’Neill’s Restaurant in Maspeth on March 11, three days prior to the pro-am event, “McMayhem in Midtown,” held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
At the event, which featured eight amateur bouts and three professional fights, the FDNY Bravest Boxing team faced off against the Garda Siochana team for the third time. In the last two years, each team won once. This time it was the FDNY Bravest who got the best of the Irish National Police force, winning seven out of the eight contests, and winning the 2015 Transatlantic Championship.
In the first professional fight of the evening, super middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (20-1, 13 KO’s), from Cork, Ireland, beat Milton Nunez (28-13-1, 25 KO’s) in three rounds. O’Sullivan pushed the pace through the entire fight and earned a referee stoppage at 2:20 of the third round.
In the co-main event of the night, former Golden Gloves champion Will “Power” Rosinsky (18-2, 10 KO’s) stepped between the ropes for the first time in over two year and dominated Paul Gonsalves (7-6-1, 3 KO’s), earning a knockout victory 2:59 into the very first round.
In the evening’s main event, Irish Featherweight contender, Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland, of Dublin, Ireland, faced off against southpaw Manuel “De Los Reyes” Herrera. Hyland was the aggressor the entire bout and broke down any offense Herrera tried to mount. At 1:04 into the fourth round, Hyland landed an uppercut to the midsection and floored Herrera for a full 10-count, earning the victory. With the win Hyland increased his record 30-1 with 14 KO’s, and Herrera fell to 21-16-1 with 15 KO’s.