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Michael Conlan, Esquiva Falcao, Vladimir Nikitin Win in Vegas

By Ryan Burton

MGM Park, Las Vegas - Esquiva Falcao improved to 22-0 with a over Guido Pitto (25-6-2) in their middleweight bout. Falcao won the silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, losing in the finals to Ryota Murata. Pitto was never badly hurt but wasn’t able to mount much of an attack. Falcao pitched a shutout on all three scorecards with 100-90 being the final tallies.

2016 Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (9-0) dominated Nicola Cipolletta (14-7-2) in their featherweight clash The fight wasn't very competitive and referee Russell Mora called a halt to the bout at the 1:55 mark of the 7th round. 

Cipolletta was very upset with the stoppage and did several one armed push ups after the fight was stopped to show that he could continue.

2016 Olympic gold medal winner Vladimir Nikitin improved to 2-0 in the pro ranks with a workmanlike unanimous decision victory over Clay Burns (5-5-2).  Nikitin, who defeated Michael Conlan controversially in the Rio Games, struggled to find his groove but was still too much for his opponent. The final scores were 59-55 on all three cards.

In an all Puerto Rican lightweight battle, blue chip prospect Joseph Adorno (10-0) continued to impress with an unanimous decision over Kevin Cruz (8-1).The fight was a rough and tumble affair with Kenny Bayless having to warn both fighters on multiple occasions. A counter left hand in the 6th round sent Cruz to the canvas. 

Adorno tried to finish him off but Cruz was very game and landed a couple flush shots of his own as well to finish the fight on his feet. The final scores were 59-53 twice and 58-54.

In the opening fight of the evening, middleweight prospect David Kaminsky (3-0) made quick work out of Noah La Coste (2-1), blasting him out in the opening round.

The knockout theme continued in the second fight of the card with Adam Lopez (11-1) stopping Hector Ambriz in the 8th round of their featherweight bout.  The time of the stoppage was 1:29.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 10-21-2018

Be nice to see Conlan fight in Belfast again or even Dublin next time out.

Comment by NC Uppercut on 10-20-2018

[QUOTE=trippleupper;19210889]It takes a lot of talent -- and determination -- to knock yourself out. People say it all the time "Knock yourself out!" But those who really listen, take this advice and do it are few and far between. Even…

Comment by trippleupper on 10-20-2018

[QUOTE=NC Uppercut;19210655]How the hell did Adam Lopez knock out Adam Lopez? Do these people even proofread their work? Obviously not this one[/QUOTE] It takes a lot of talent -- and determination -- to knock yourself out. People say it all…

Comment by elkelo on 10-20-2018

Missed the Joseph Adorno fight, been hearing he’s the real deal. Did he look good or does he still have a lot to learn?

Comment by landotter on 10-20-2018

[QUOTE=NC Uppercut;19210655]How the hell did Adam Lopez knock out Adam Lopez? Do these people even proofread their work? Obviously not this one[/QUOTE] What? You never saw the second "Evil Dead" movie where Ashe was beating the crap out of himself…

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