'He can't be beaten' - Katie Taylor leads tributes for boxer Michael Conlan after historic gold medal
Michael Conlan today became the first Irish boxer to secure a gold medal in the 41-year history of the World Championships and tributes have been coming in thick and fast.
The 23-year-old Belfast fighter claimed a unanimous 3-0 win over his Uzbek opponent Murodjon Akhmadaliev and will now head to Rio next year as one of the favourites for a gold medal.
A history-making night in Doha has been rightly lauded by his peers.
“John Conlan is the main man! Helped me and Mick qualify for Rio and now is the man behind Mick’s World success!!” fellow Olympian Paddy Barnes posted on his Twitter account.
Olympic champion Katie Taylor, no stranger to gold on the big occasion, also took to social media to praise the victorious boxer.
“Amazing from @mickconlan11. Champion of the world!!! He can't be beaten! #HistoryMaker #Gold”
John Conlan is the main man! Helped me and Mick qualify for Rio and now is the man behind Mick's World success!! #maestro— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) October 14, 2015
Congrats to @mickconlan11 on becoming a boxing World Champion.— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) October 14, 2015
Couldn't be happier for @mickconlan11 what an achievement First man in Ireland win Gold at world champs proud u, enjoy Mick hiiiiiiiii— Jason Quigley (@jay_quigley) October 14, 2015
World Champion at 23 years of age! @mickconlan11 congratulations, what an achievement.— Andy Lee (@AndyLeeBoxing) October 14, 2015
@mickconlan11 congrats champ!!!— Cian Healy (@ProperChurch) October 14, 2015
“World champion not much else you can say,” beamed Conlan afterwards. “I'm a bit embarrassed at getting knocked down in the last round. It is the first time I have been on the canvass in my life. He hit me right on the button.
Ireland prop Cian Healy, currently preparing for Sunday's World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina, also congratulated the new champion.
Reflecting on the support of the Irish fans in the arena he said:
“I have never seen anything like in my life I don't even have this support at home. I'm completely over the moon,” he said.