McIntyre returns with victory

Joel McIntyre returned to the ring with victory on Saturday night. Picture: Neil Marshall
Joel McIntyre returned to the ring with victory on Saturday night. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Joel McIntyre made a winning return to the ring on Saturday night.

The former English light-heavyweight picked up a routine eight-round win over durable Bulgarian journeyman Tayar Mehmed.

McIntyre delivered an 80-71 points success at the Mountbatten Centre, flooring his opponent on the way to the verdict.

The 30-year-old was making his return to action following a surprise defeat to Liam Conroy last September.

McIntyre said: ‘I was pleased enough with how I performed.

‘He’s only been stopped by heavyweights before and was like a zombie - he kept coming forward!

‘Some people doubted whether I would get back in there after losing, but I’m still hungry and want to move forward quickly now.’