Watch: Galway boxer Thomas O'Toole makes statement with devastating first-round KO - Extra.ie

Thomas O'Toole

Galway boxer Thomas O’Toole turned plenty of heads with a devastating first-round knockout on the undercard of Andrade-Quigley.

It was a disappointing night for a bumper Irish crowd in New Hampshire, as Quigley suffered a second-round defeat in the main event, but O’Toole gave the supporters plenty to cheer after skipping his college graduation and making a big statement.

In his second professional bout, the 23-year-old sent opponent Mark Malone to the canvas inside just 90 seconds following two heavy left hands, leaving Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn impressed.

Hearn said the cruiserweight ‘warrants another opportunity’ at a Matchroom event and after his devastating knockout which will be ‘seen around the world’.

O’Toole hit Malone with two big left hands, catching the American again on the way down with a flurry on punches.

Thomas O'Toole
Thomas O’Toole is declared victorious over Mark Malone during their cruiserweight bout at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Pic: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

‘The Kid’ left his opponent his unconscious on the canvas after the devastating finish and the referee waved off the contest.

‘I hit him with an overhand left and I seen I wobbled him. So I got him in the corner and then caught him with the same punch and that was it,’ O’Toole said post-fight. ‘He was tricky enough for the first minute.’

Thomas O’Toole, left, and Mark Malone during their cruiserweight bout at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Pic: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Speaking to broadcasters DAZN, O’Toole revealed he skipped his college graduation from GMIT to travel to America for the fight.

‘I was meant to graduate college today. When I got the call for this, I couldn’t turn it down,’ he said.

‘For the last four years I had been thinking about my college graduation and couldn’t wait to celebrate it, but to be invited to the biggest stage in boxing is amazing. I’m happy to be here.’

O’Toole, the 2019 former Irish Elite champion at light-heavy, takes his professional record to 2-0 with the win.

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