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Michael Conlan Wins First Belt As A Professional Boxer

Michael Conlan has captured the WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title.

The vacant belt was up for grabs in Manchester as Conlan took on Jason Cunningham of Doncaster.

Ultimately, the Olympic silver medallist won the fight in a unanimous decision blowout. The judges at ringside scored the fight 97-92, 97-92 and 98-92, including a points deduction in round six for Conlan due to low blows.

The 27-year-old really went for the finish late on, but a decision over ten rounds will have to suffice.

It’s evident that punching power is a frontier that the Irish favourite is looking to address, and while he shipped some hits from Cunningham in the process of chasing a knockout, Conlan is still finding his feet on the world stage.

He moves to 10-0 in his professional career and is now primed for a huge 2019 with more belts sure to be on the line.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.