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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 11:44 GMT
Magee claims win in comeback bout
Robin Reid put Magee on the canvas four times
Magee suffered the first defeat of his career against Robin Reid
Belfast boxer Brian Magee claimed a seventh round stoppage of Leicester journeyman Neil Linford on his return to the ring on Friday night.

Magee was in action for the first time since losing the IBO super middleweight title against Robin Reid in June.

''It was great to get back into the ring and win again,'' said Magee.

''After the last defeat I had worries. I knew what to expect from him. I took control from the start and used quick hands and combination punches.''

The Belfastman built up a comfortable points lead over the opening five rounds in Altrincham and then had his opponent in trouble in the sixth round. Linford then picked up a cut in the seventh round and a halt was called. Magee beat Linford over 12 rounds in 2001.

The Belfast boxer had lost his previous unbeaten record on points to veteran Robin Reid which was his first defeat in 23 professional fights.

He now says he would love a re-match with Reid or any other top name.

''I would take anything at the moment,'' said Magee. ''Obviously Robin Reid is one man I would love to meet.

''But Pat Magee is working hard behind the scenes to set up a couple of big fights in the New Year.''

Also on Friday's Altrincham bill, Dublin super-featherweight Eddie Hyland opened his pro career with 39-38 points win over Ugandan Buster Denis in a four-rounder.

However, Irish flyweight Michael Kelly was left without a bout after his opponent failed to make the weight limit.


SEE ALSO
Reid too strong for Magee
26 Jun 04 |  Boxing
Magee struggles to victory
17 Apr 04 |  Boxing


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