Michael Conlan Drops, Stops Kenny Guzman in Second Round

By Keith Idec

Michael Conlan did was he was supposed to do Friday night against an opponent who’s not a full-time boxer.

The 2016 Irish Olympian stopped Kenny Guzman in the second round of a scheduled six-round featherweight fight in Tucson, Arizona. The Conlan-Guzman match was televised by ESPN from the Tucson Convention Center as part of the Oscar Valdez-Genesis Servania undercard.

A right hand by Belfast’s Conlan ended the fight at 2:59 of the second round. Conlan improved to 4-0 and recorded his fourth knockout in a pro career that began six months ago.

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Guzman – a Kalispell, Montana, resident who works as a carpenter and boxes part-time – lost for the first time as a pro (3-1, 1 KO).

Conlan connected with a right hand that knocked Guzman off-balance early in the second round. He added a left hand to the body that affected Guzman later in the second round.

A game Guzman kept coming forward, but Conlan drilled him with two hard right hands in the second half of the second round before landing the knockout punch.

Another overhand right by Conlan floored an already bloodied Guzman. He got up before the count of 10, but referee Wes Melton stopped the fight, despite Guzman’s complaints.

Conlan landed a left hand and followed it up with a right hook with a little more than one minute to go in the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SCEN3RY on 09-23-2017

eh. These come up fights are what they are, it just wasn't overly impressive. He had every imaginable advantage over this guy, size, length/reach, speed, power...

Comment by Corelone on 09-22-2017

Stinking dull azz ball game on the tube. Oh now they tell me ESPN2. OK!

Comment by MEXfistology on 09-22-2017

He got touched too much by a nobody

Comment by LADIV on 09-22-2017

LOL @ he did what he had to do against someone who is not a full time boxer...

Comment by McGee5555 on 09-22-2017

Another fight, another KO, but the fact he is on the Loma vs Rigo undercard might set him up for a possible fight against the winner in the next couple of years? I know he wanted to fight in Belfast…

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