Michael Conlan placed on a workman-like efficiency towards Diego Ruiz to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental and WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title at Falls Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday night time.
Conlan unloaded on Ruiz and backed the Argentinian up towards the ropes throughout the eighth, nevertheless it was within the ninth spherical the place Conlan managed to land to the physique and that was sufficient to make the 25-year-old take a knee. Conlan landed one other physique shot and Ruiz’s nook threw within the towel with 1:34 left within the spherical to provide Conlan the ninth-round TKO.
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“I’ve been under the lights since my debut, under the big performances and big atmospheres,” stated Conlan (12-0, 7 KOs) within the ring following his victory. “I haven’t always lived up to the performances that are expected of me, but tonight I felt I did. It was unbelievable and thank you to everybody.”
Corridor of Fame promoter Bob Arum added: “My goal is to get (Conlan) ready sometime next year to fight for a world title. I think Mick is still a work in progress, but he’s coming along fine and you’ll see by next year he can fight anybody in the featherweight division.”
The combat began with a cagey opening spherical as each males took their time in in search of a gap with solely a handful of punches thrown, however the 10,000 sturdy Northern Irish crowd had been in a buoyant temper cheering on their native hero.
Conlan moved effectively and landed his jab, however nothing substantial. The combat nearly sprang into motion throughout the third when Ruiz (21-3, 10 KOs) pressed the difficulty and took the combat to Conlan, however was wild in his supply. Conlan landed a low blow within the fourth and each males began to throw and land extra because the spherical neared the tip, with the pair exchanging phrases because the bell rang.
Because the bout entered the half-way stage, Conlan was effectively forward on factors and there wasn’t a lot motion from Ruiz to alter what seemed to be a stroll within the park for the 27-year-old Belfast boxer. A punch to the again of the pinnacle from Conlan within the sixth spherical infuriated Ruiz’s nook who had been up on the ring apron complaining to the ref. That punch regarded to ignite the combat, however the flames quickly dampened down within the heavy rain and Conlan noticed out the remainder of the spherical and combat with out a difficulty.