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BELTS ARE FASTENED; BAMMA 26 Champion duo retain titles in Dublin as Alan keeps up chase for Pott of gold.


DUBLIN saw two successful title defenses as Rany Saadeh and Alan Philpott both won at the top of Saturday night's BAMMA 26 card.

However, many onlookers thought Next Generation's Andy Young had done enough to see his hand raised after his three-round clash with Saadeh (inset) in their flyweight bout.

After the fight, the victor said he would consider a rematch.

Earlier, Philpott completely outclassed Aaron Blackwell to retain his British bantamweight title, as the Englishman constantly retreated from the Ballymena man's advances.

Philpott called for a meeting with BAMMA's world bantamweight champion Tom Duquesnoy afterwards - a bout the Frenchman has expressed interest in taking.

Paul Redmond took a win in his first fight in 14 months with a decision win over veteran Chris Stringer. Redmond dictated the three rounds with his superior wrestling, which gave him a unanimous judges' scorecards.

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Despite it only being his second fight as a professional, McColgan claimed that he should take the Waterford man's spot on the Belfast card.

"I might be only 2-0, but I've beaten a guy that UFC were about to deem good enough to compete in the Octagon," he said.

"Only visa issues stopped Peter from making his debut. By beating him I have proven that I can compete at that level."

McColgan sees another SBG man, Artem Lobov, as an ideal promotional debut opponent.

"I want Artem in Belfast, let's make it happen.

"I was talking to a few boys outside that said he was looking for a fight on that card, so why not give me the shot?" Sinead Kavanagh also called for a UFC debut in Belfast following her third win in as many pro outings, a first-round knockout of previously unbeaten Polish fighter Katarzyna Sadura.


ALAN SLUGGER Philpott takes a swing at Aaron Blackwell during his dominant victory in Dublin on Saturday

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 12, 2016
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