Michael Conlan Delivers In Pro Debut With Conor McGregor In Tow
March 17, 2017
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)
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Michael Conlan Delivers In Pro Debut With Conor McGregor In Tow

Michael Conlan made a grand entrance to the ring in the Theater at Madison Square Garden tonight with UFC World Champion, Conor McGregor walking along with him. The Irish crowd packed out the theater on St. Patty’s Day evening to watch their beloved countryman make his pro debut with a third round technical knockout. The satisfied crowd roared in the theater as Conlan jumped with excitement on the ropes to address his fans. Even One Direction was in attendance.

With the huge walk in, trainer Manny Robles said Conlan followed protocol with remaining focused on his opponent, Tim Ibarra and not allowing the crowd to drive his adrenaline.

“He’s been stating that he was going to knock the guy out in three rounds and that’s exactly that happened,” said Robles. “It was a good performance. It wasn’t a great performance, but it was really good and I understand we have a lot of work to do.”

“I think I was relaxed enough, that’s why I wasn’t trying to rush in my work the first two rounds,” said Conlan who didn’t expect such a huge crowd for his pro debut.

Alex Saucedo (24-0, 15 KOs) came away with a technical knockout victory over Johnny Garcia (19-4-1, 11 KOs) in the co-main event. Saucedo camped in Big Bear under the guidance of Abel Sanchez. The Oklahoma City native stopped Garcia in the second round at 2:42.

Opening the televised fights, a flurry of one-two punches dropped Aaron Hollis of Cincinnati, OH (4-4, 2 KOs) in the first round of his schedule six round super featherweight bout against Brazil’s Robson Conceicao (3-0, 2 KOs). The combinations again in the second round with one hard hit slapping Hollis’ head back and caused the referee to step in and put a halt to the fight at 36 seconds into the round.

Ireland’s Larry Fryers (3-0, 1 KO) opened up the St. Patty’s Day fight night against Washington’s Gabriel Solorio (2-4-1) with a unanimous decision win. Solorio was knocked down in the first round from a right upstairs. A right hook to the body hurt and staggered Solorio in the last round, but Solorio came forward and finished the fight. All judges scored it 40-35 for Fryers.

Florida’s Teofimo Lopez, Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) grabbed another knockout victory over Mexico’s Daniel Bastien (4-3, 1 KO) in the second bout of the night. Lopez knocked down in the second round, but he couldn’t make the count. The fight was stopped at 39 seconds into the second stanza.

Puerto Rico’s Alexander Picot (2-2-1) grabbed a unanimous decision victory over local Bronx native, Ben “The Bee” Garcia (1-2, 1 KO). Garcia was knocked down from an over hand right upstairs in the first round, but continue to hang out ‘til the final bell. Judges scored it 40-35 and 38-37 (2x) for Picot.

New York’s Jose “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (7-0-1, 2 KOs) grabbed a unanimous decision win over local Queens native, Jhovany Collado (4-12-2, 1 KO). Collado knocked down in the third round. Judges scored it 60-53 all for Gonzalez, related to Roman Gonzalez.

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