Michael Conlan responded to his first skilled boxing defeat by scoring three knockdowns on his solution to a dominant factors win over Miguel Marriaga on Saturday.
Conlan (17-1, 8 KOs), from Belfast, Northern Eire, revived his hopes of preventing for a world title with this unanimous resolution (99-88, 98-88, 99-89) over skilled Colombian Marriaga in a 10-round nontitle contest.
Conlan, 30, was knocked out (and out of the ring) by WBA “common” champion Leigh Wooden within the final spherical 5 months in the past, however obtained his profession again on monitor with this confidence-boosting win in entrance of his house followers at SSE Enviornment in Belfast.
“I removed lots of demons within the final spherical,” Conlan mentioned.
“I needed to be cautious and use my photographs. I obtained caught within the final spherical, for me to return by means of that claims rather a lot, and I am again. I would like Lee Wooden, however every other champion, whoever I face I do know I’ll beat them.”
Marriaga (30-6, 26 KOs) has now misplaced two in a row however was upset with the knockdowns, insisting he slipped. Nevertheless, Marriaga was outclassed from begin to end, and Conlan was spectacular particularly within the later rounds.
Conlan boxed fastidiously and patiently behind his jab till he opened up extra within the second half of the struggle and landed some good left palms within the sixth spherical.
The Belfast boxer picked his photographs properly once more within the seventh spherical and despatched Marriaga spinning to the canvas with a cuffing left hook after the Colombian was caught off steadiness.
Marriaga, 35, complained about receiving a rely, saying he slipped, however he was down once more a spherical later within the eighth. Conlan unloaded a pointy mixture that dropped Marriaga to a knee after his foot gave means.
Conlan pressured one other knockdown within the ninth spherical as Marriaga turned overwhelmed.
Conlan may need to attend for a rematch with England’s Wooden, who’s pursuing a struggle in opposition to Mexico’s Leo Santa Cruz, the complete WBA world featherweight titleholder.