Michael Conlan moved to 11-0 on St. Patrick’s Day with a dominant win over Mexican, Ruben Hernandez Garcia.
A crowd of 4,000 watched on in the Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden as the Belfast man steamrolled to victory at the iconic venue for the third year running.
Conlan won every round on the night coming away with a unanimous decision victory and while he didn’t land the knockout blow, he was never in trouble against the Mexican, admitting that he could have upped the tempo, but instead chose to ‘try a few things out’.
“I used my skills like I knew I would. I showed my defensive skills and a lot of things I knew I would.” Conlan said following the fight.
“We took our time with this guy, he went the distance with Donaire and other good fighters.
“He had a tough head. We could have stepped on the gas, but we tried out a few things tonight.”
For Conlan, a World title fight must be on his mind. He has previously stated that he plans to fight for a world title within a year, however, immediately following the fight he called out a fighter who he has somewhat of a controversial history with.
“Vladimir Nikitin, I know you’re here tonight and we need to do it again. We need to have that rematch. I need to right a wrong that shouldn’t have been written.”
Nikitin is obviously the man who controversially defeated Conlan at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The two are both signed with Top Rank and are now on course for a rematch following Nikitin’s win on the undercard last night.
Speaking to Pundit Arena recently as he prepared for last night’s bout against Ruben Garcia Hernandez, Conlan outlined that the Nikitin rematch is something he needs to “get off his chest” and that it is in the works for Belfast later this year.
“I feel that’s one I need to get off the chest and once I get that one out of the way I can continue on, and start to move on to bigger and better things.
“I feel that the fight that I need for myself is the Nikitin fight but I’m obviously focused on Ruben Garcia Hernandez. My short term goal is the Nikitin fight in Belfast.”