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Michael Conlan Hopes To Face Vladimir Nikitin Very Soon

For the third consecutive year, Irish sensation Michael "Mick" Conlan fought at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day. And for the third consecutive year, the rowdy Irish faithful left the building happy.

Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez by 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 3x) to retain his WBO Intercontinental featherweight strap in front of 3,712 fans.

The Belfast native, who was flanked to the ring by WWE superstar Finn Balor, alternated between southpaw and orthodox and kept Hernandez (24-4-2, 10 KOs) guessing throughout the evening.

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The two-time Olympian never was in danger, and once again, emerged victorious on his nation's holiday.

This is what Conlan and his trainer, Adam Booth, had to say after the fight

Conlan: “I think I just used my skills as I said I would. I think I showed a lot of good defensive movements and things I’ve been working on. We were in no rush to try and take out this guy. He’s tough. He went the distance with {Nonito} Donaire and a few other top fighters. He had a tough head on him. There were a few times I probably could’ve stepped on it, but we wanted to practice things we’ve been working on. I felt I did that tonight.”
 
“Vladimir {Nikitin}, I know you’re here tonight. We need to do it again for the fans. I need to write a wrong that shouldn’t have been written.”

Booth: "These are developmental rounds that will help him become a world champion. I am very pleased with what I saw in there. He is working on exactly what we are practicing in the gym, and it's working."

Conlan's 2016 Olympic nemesis, Nikitin, moved to 3-0 with a six-round majority decision over Juan Tapia (8-3, 3 KOs). The scores were as followed: 57-57 and 59-55 (2x) for Nikitin.
 
“I don’t know how one judge scored the fight a draw, but I am happy with my performance," Nikitin said. "I look at every single fight like a championship fight and fighting at Madison Square Garden was a great thrill. The Conlan fight will happen eventually. That is what we both want.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigdunny1 on 03-18-2019

Not impressed by Conlan is behind in development compared to Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson it's not even funny. They all signed at the same time and Conlan is way older then both guys. Conlan turns 28 this year and…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-18-2019

[QUOTE=Adamsc151;19595373]Mick Conlan's a fantastically gifted boxer, and I would not be surprised if he wins at least one world title at some point. But who the hell thought it was a good idea for him to ring-walk to a song…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 03-18-2019

Mick Conlan's a fantastically gifted boxer, and I would not be surprised if he wins at least one world title at some point. But who the hell thought it was a good idea for him to ring-walk to a song…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-18-2019

Conlan's at European title level now, so maybe it's time for a crack at the EBU or EBU-EU title. If successful then a defence with Nikitin could be a good money spinner.

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