Saturday 16 November 2019

Boxing: 'Fantastic' Conlon gets Ireland off to flier with crushing success

Bernard O'Neill

MOLDOVAN flyweight Alexandr Riscan didn't know his left from his right as he crashed out of the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers at the hands of Ireland's switch-hitter Michael Conlon in Baku, Azerbaijan yesterday.

Conlon, switching from his regular orthodox stance to southpaw, whipped home some big left and right hooks to the body and head to post a 25-12 win over the 2011 European bronze medalist.

The Belfast fighter was 9-4 up after the first round and stretched that advantage to 17-8 by the end of the second, before adding another eight points to his tally in the third and final frame of the last-64 clash.

The Irish elite champion will now meet Olzhas Sattibayev of Kazakhstan on Sunday after producing what Irish team manager Des Donnelly described as a "polished performance".

"Michael was fantastic. This is his first year at senior international level. He impressed at the European Championships this year and now he's doing the same at the World Championships," said Donnelly.

"He caught the Moldovan lad with some great hooks. It was an all-round dominant performance.

"I watched the Kazakhstani lad (Conlon's next opponent) and I think Michael should be well able for him as he didn't look good in his bout today.

"Michael has got us off to to a winning start and we're delighted with that and his performance. It will build up momentum in the squad."

St Michael's Athy welterweight Roy Sheehan is next into the action against Carl Hield of the Bahamas tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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