Friday, May 26th 2017

Conlan Defeats Chanez in 3rd Round TKO

On May 26 in Chicago, Michael won by third-round TKO against Alfredo Chanez.’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Conlan, the Irish Olympic star and one of boxing’s most heralded prospects, followed up his electrifying March 17 pro debut – which took place before a sold-out crowd at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day and featured his pal, UFC star Conor McGregor, walking him to the ring – with a lower-key second pro fight.

Conlan looked better in this fight than in his debut as he scored his second consecutive third-round stoppage. This time the victim was Chanez, who had never been stopped previously….

Conlan dropped Chanez to his rear end with a right uppercut in the opening round and then dropped him again with a right hand to the body in the third round. Chanez beat the count, but was no in shape to continue and [the] referee waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 59 seconds.

Now it’s off to Brisbane, Australia, with Conlan for his third fight, which will take place on July 2 on the Manny PacquiaoJeff Horn undercard. [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.”