Niall Kennedy suffers first defeat

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Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy (13-1-1, 8 KO) was upended by former US Olympian Devin Vargas (21-5, 9 9KO) today at the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.

(Image courtesy of Sky Sports)

The bout was stopped in Round 5.

“No excuses beaten by a better man, for all the best wishes and good will in the world,” Kennedy, 35, said afterwards via The42.

“I just was not at Devin’s level. Heartbroken but I am blessed and grateful for all the support and my beautiful family.”

A National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion (2000, 2001), Vargas debuted in 2004 and won his first 17 bouts before being derailed by Kevin Johnson in May 2009. Since then, he's fought several top guys including Andrzej Wawrzyk (then 22-0) and Dominic Breazeale.

Prior to defeating Kennedy, the 37 year old Vargas was KO'd by current heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr in March 2018.

Rated Ireland's No. 1 heavyweight, Kennedy debuted in 2015 and was ranked No. 125 of 1,295 active heavyweights.

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