By: Sean Crose
Michael Conlan impressed a hometown crowd in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday by topping Karim Guerfi in the very first round. This was basically a story of body work as the southpaw Conlan crunched Guerfi to the body repeatedly, leading the Frenchman to stumble towards the ropes. Going low, then high, Conlan unleashed a fusillade, subsequently sending Guerfi to the mat as the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
Conlan, a former Olympian and popular featherweight, returned to the ring for the second time on Saturday after suffering a crushing loss to Leigh Wood in what was truly a stunning bout back in March. “Every shot made him wince,” said Conlan of his brief fight with Guerfi. “I knew I was hurting him. It was only a matter of time.” As for his loss to Wood earlier in the year, Conlan indicated that he’s ready to move on.
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