Friday 24 January 2020

Michael Conlan reminds fans what Irish boxing is capable of with dominant last 16 victory

Sean McGoldrick

World champion Michael Conlan cruised into the quarter-final of the bantamweight division at the Olympic Games this afternoon with a unanimous 3-0 win over Aram Avagyan from Armenia .

The London Olympic bronze medalist was literally the 'Last Man Standing' for Ireland in the men's competition in Rio after a disastrous week in Pavilion 6 of the Riocentro Centro.

But the 24 year old coped admirably with the pressure as he dealt with an awkward opponent who had won a bronze medal at the European championship in 2013.

Avagyan tried to turn the fight into a brawl and in a less than perfect performance Conlan, at times, allowed his opponent dictate the pattern of the contest. But for the most part Conlan kept his distance and he clearly outboxed his opponent.

At times his timing was off but when correct he hurt is opponent and was clearly in control of the contest, though curiously one of the judges gave the last round to his opponent.

Still, Conlan won comfortably, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, to reach Tuesday's quarter final, where there will be a bronze medal at stake.

It was only Ireland's fourth win in the boxing arena in Rio so far.

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