At the age of 25, Michael is a sensational prospect at 122 pounds. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout at the elite international level, and Ireland’s most decorated amateur boxer ever – a gold medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 European Championships and the 2015 World Championships, and a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games. He also represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games, but was eliminated by extremely controversial scoring in the quarterfinal round.
Michael started his pro career with four knockout wins in his first six months. He made his pro debut on March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York and won by third-round TKO against Tim Ibarra. On May 26 in Chicago, Michael won by third-round TKO against Alfredo Chanez. On July 2 in Brisbane, Australia, he won by third-round TKO against Jarrett Owen. The bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn main event that drew a crowd of 51,052 to Suncorp Stadium
In his last fight on September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, he won by second-round TKO against Kenny Guzman.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Featherweight prospect Michael Conlan, the popular two-time Irish Olympian, slugged it out with Kenny Guzman before knocking him out in the second round of their scheduled six-rounder.
Conlan turned pro in March with great fanfare – his buddy, UFC star Conor McGregor, walked him to the ring at the sold-out Madison Square Garden Theater – and scored third-round knockouts in his first three bouts. This time it didn’t last as long.
Conlan and Guzman began to trade from the outset of the fight and each landed right hands. But Conlan was doing more damage. He began to go hard to the body in the second round, and although Guzman got in some shots, Conlan pounded him.
Late in the round, he landed a powerful right hand on the chin and Guzman went down. He beat the count but was unsteady when he rose and referee Wes Melton waved off the fight with one second left in the round. [End Rafael item]
After Michael’s debut, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said, “I think this kid can be absolutely huge. He excites people. He’s a hardworking guy. He trains every day with world champions. He’s dedicated, he’s making the sacrifices, so I think he’ll be very good.”