'I’ll never forget this night for the rest of my life' - Michael Conlan produces third round stoppage on pro debut
Michael Conlan produced an impressive third round TKO in his professional debut against Tim Ibarra at Madison Square Garden tonight.
The Belfast boxer took time to find his rhythm and range, but dominated the opening two rounds comfortably, despite not landing many big shots.
Conlan came at Ibarra with a relentless barrage of combinations and body shots from the first bell of the third, and the referee stepped in to halt the contest 59 seconds into the round.
The 25 year-old made his ringwalk to 'Put 'Em Under Pressure', and was escorted to the ring by Conor McGregor.
The Olympic medalist was clad in a sleeveless emerald green jacket and a matching top hat, and the Irish fans in a sold-out Madison Square Garden basement arena were in full voice.
"It was nerve wracking but I think I handled the pressure well for my debut fight," Conlan said afterwards.
"I took my time and got the stoppage. I’ll never forget this night for the rest of my life. I'm proud."
McGregor was also impressed with Conlan's debut display.
"It was beautiful work. You got the win and the win is the most important thing."