Michael Conlan Wins First Pro Fight With Third Round Stoppage

Conlan, a 2016 Olympic boxer, scored a lopsided TKO victory over Tim Ibarra in front of a sold-out crowd at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NY, but it was McGregor that threw the biggest punches after the bell.

The main event bouts will be televised in the USA on UniMás and Univision Deportes, beginning at 11 p.m. ET / PT; live to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland via Box Nation and live to Brasil via SporTV. "It's the Irish fighting crowd and they ... love this". Tim [Ibarra] and I both have to put bread on the table and we'll be working hard to do that Friday night. I knew in the first two rounds I wasn't going to go for anything. It was an appropriate appearance for the Irishman on St. Patrick's Day. I was going to take my time, break it in until I got the victory by stoppage. It was like nothing I every experienced before. I revel in it.

"I'm the boxing guy", McGregor said.

Conlan competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for Ireland. "We believe he is going to be very, very good indeed".

"The Irish and United Kingdom media are treating this fight like a world championship event". He had too much talent, speed, power and technical skills for him to compete. "I'm going to rain on his St. Patrick's Day parade".

Michael Conlan's long awaited dream of taking part in his first professional fight is just a few hours away.

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McGregor was also impressed with Conlan's debut display. Produced by Craig Shapiro, the video was shot in Conlan's hometown of Belfast and NY.

A fighter's pro debut is typically a celebratory yet unremarkable affair. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

The crowd was at a fever pitch by the time Conlan walked to the ring dressed in a green top hat with green boxing gloves.

Arum hadn't been seriously interested in Conlan until seeing what he did after losing to Russia' Vladimir Nikitin.

"What an atmosphere! What a night!" an excited Conlan, 25, said after the fight. AIBA sent the judges who worked that fight home in the wake of the immediate public outrage. Conlan turned up his offense in the second round, throwing more hooks and body shots and continuing to rock Ibarra's head back with the jab.

  • Julie Sanders