Belfast featherweight Michael Conlan defeated Argentina’s Luis Fernando Molina over six rounds on the undercard of Lomachenko-Rigondeaux.
Michael Conlan has boosted his pro record to 5-0 following a dominant points victory over Luis Fernando Molina at New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater.
Belfast featherweight Conlan featured in the chief-support bout to Vasyl Lomachenko’s world super-featherweight title win against Guillermo Rigondeaux.
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“It’s all a learning process at the end of the day and I need to keep learning to progress as a professional fighter. That’s six rounds in the bank now and we can move up to eight next and look forward to a big night on St Patrick’s night next year.”
The Irishman - a two-time Olympian - revealed after the bout that his left hand was sore following his victory, but insisted that it would not impact on his training plans.
“It was just a bit of bruising around the knuckles,” said Conlan. “It’s no problem. The guy had a tough head! I hurt him a few times, but he survived and fair play to him,” continued the Belfast native, who will return to Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s weekend in 2018.
“I’ll have three weeks off [over Christmas] maybe because I’ve been in camp all year and it’s been a fast, hard year,” said Conlan. “Five wins, four KOs – I’d have liked if it was five KOs, but unfortunately not! I’m happy anyway and looking forward to a big 2018.”