Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Michael Conlan Gets Revenge, Decisions Vladimir Nikitin

NEW YORK – This time, the judges gave Michael Conlan the credit he deserved and then some.

The undefeated featherweight prospect defeated rival Vladimir Nikitin by unanimous decision in their 10-round fight Saturday night to avenge his outrageous Olympic loss three years ago. Though Conlan came on late in their fight, it was Nikitin who seemingly deserved better than he got on the scorecards at Madison Square Garden.

Judge Bernard Bruni scored all 10 rounds for Northern Ireland’s Conlan, 100-90, in what was a very competitive contest before Conlan took control in the later rounds.

Judge Pasquale Procopio scored nine rounds for Conlan, 99-91. Judge Kevin Morgan credited Conlan for winning eight rounds (98-92).


The physical Nikitin got off to a strong start and tried for much of the bout to rough up Conlan. His opponent made adjustments and defended himself better during the second half of their bout on the Terence Crawford-Egidjius Kavaliauskas undercard.

The 28-year-old Conlan improved 13-0. The 29-year-old Nikitin lost for the first time in his brief pro career (3-1).

Defeating Nikitin enabled Conlan to avenge his infamous Olympic loss three years ago. Conlan clearly deserved to beat Nikitin in the bantamweight quarterfinals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Once Nikitin stunningly was announced as the winner, an infuriated Conlan stuck up his middle finger at the judges.

Conlan and Nikitin were supposed to fight August 3 at Falls Park in Belfast. Their grudge match was postponed four months because Nikitin suffered a biceps injury.

By the 10th round Saturday, it was clear Conlan would exact revenge for the aforementioned Olympic defeat. Conlan continued out-boxing the tiring Nikitin, who was scheduled for 10 rounds for the first time in his career.

Conlan continued building in the ninth round on the momentum he established in the eighth round. He out-landed Nikitin in that round and mostly moved out of Nikitin’s punching range.

Conlan and Nikitin began going toe-to-toe with just under a minute remaining in the eighth round. Their exchange energized the crowd and prompted an animated Conlan to throw up his arms toward the fans after that round ended.

By then, Nikitin had a cut around his left eye. Conlan also was cut around his right eye at that point.

Referee Harvey Dock warned Conlan for a low blow that landed with about 1:35 to go in the eighth round.

The action intensified near the end of the seventh round, when Conlan and Nikitin traded as Conlan was backed against the ropes. That was the most compelling sequence of the fight to that point.

Nikitin connected with a right to the side of Conlan’s head early in the sixth round.

Nikitin landed three hard right hands up top on Conlan in the middle minute of the fifth round. Conlan connected with a couple body shots and a right Nikitin’s head later in the fifth.

Toward the end of a competitive fourth round, Nikitin took a wild swing at Conlan as Dock called for a break. Dock sternly warned Nikitin once the bell sounded to end the fourth round.

Nikitin went down before the midway point of the third round, but Dock correctly called it the result of Conlan shoving him. Nikitin caught Conlan with a right hand that caused Conlan to tie him up with just over 20 seconds to go in that round.

A right hand by Nikitin connected about 50 seconds into the second round. Conlan caught Nikitin with a left just after the halfway point of the second round.

Conlan switched to a southpaw stance almost as soon as their fight started. Other than an exchange just after the midway mark, there wasn’t much action in the opening three minutes. 

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by tjones1989 on 12-16-2019

[QUOTE=Split Decision;20257230]u ungrateful pr1ck[/QUOTE] Gotta save that money after Joshua lost me that bet. Round 5 man ROUND FKING 5!

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 12-15-2019

[QUOTE=rudy;20256695]He should retire now Conlan he is not going to mount to much. like most Irish fighters they struggle at professional boxing. Nothing I seen shows me world class[/QUOTE] Unfair comment about Irish fighters. It's a small country. New York…

Comment by angkag on 12-15-2019

[QUOTE=juandabomb;20257019]It was a "meh" performance by conlan..hes ok but i am still not impressed[/QUOTE] Agree, he looked quite average. He might do ok with good matchmaking though as the division looks pretty shallow too.

Comment by Split Decision on 12-15-2019

[QUOTE=tjones1989;20255512]Alright fine, gotta learn how to use this streaming chit someday anway.[/QUOTE] u ungrateful pr1ck

Comment by juandabomb on 12-15-2019

It was a "meh" performance by conlan..hes ok but i am still not impressed

Top Headlines
Rosario: I Saw My Power Affected Julian Williams Right Away Eleider Alvarez Blasts Out Michael Seals With One Shot Julian Williams: I Have Rematch Clause, It Will Be Immediate! Jeison Rosario Batters Julian Williams in Huge Upset Felix Verdejo, Christopher Diaz Get Wins in New York Jonathan Guzman Blasts Hernandez in Knockdown War Joey Spencer: I'm Going To Stay Busy, Have Four Fights in 2020 Tyson Fury: McGregor Back in Boxing is Great For The Sport! Floyd Mayweather Teases Rematch With Conor McGregor Eleider Alvarez vs. Michael Seals - CompuBox Punch Stats Jeison Rosario vs. Julian Williams - CompuBox Punch Stats Eleider Alvarez Crushes Michael Seals With One Shot in Seventh Eleider Alvarez vs. Michael Seals - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Felix Verdejo Easily Decisions Manuel Rey Rojas Over 10 Rounds Jeison Rosario Batters Julian Williams For TKO in Five, Shocker To Win Titles Julian Williams vs. Jeison Rosario - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Colbert Drops, Out-Points Corrales; Wins WBA Interim 130-Pound Title Joey Spencer Stays Unbeaten, Out-Points Spring In 6-Rounder Sebastian Formella, Peter Kadiru Win Big in Hamburg Jorge Cota Stops Game Cornflake LaManna In Fifth Round Eleider Alvarez vs. Michael Seals - LIVE Results From New York Vito Mielnicki Beats Wilson By Decision On Williams-Rosario Card Williams-Rosario - LIVE Results From Philadelphia Estrella on Ergashev Body Shot: I Couldn't Hear, I Couldn't Move Rosario: In His Heart & Mind, Williams Thinks I'm An Easy Fight Shishkin: I Want Canelo, Benavidez, I Want The Champions Next Julian Williams: I'm Coming To Dominate, Win in Spectacular Fashion Eleider Alvarez: Canelo Didn't Fight Same Kovalev I Fought Twice Colbert: We're Looking For Leo Santa Cruz at The End of 2020! Williams: Hurd Has To Live With Loss In Hometown, Ducking Rematch Seals: I Want Beterbiev; Would Be Explosive, PPV Entertainment For Fighter of The Decade, The BWAA Got it Right Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlo Bros, Spence-Crawford, More Makabu vs. Cieslak Back on Course For WBC Title on January 31 McCarter: Claressa Shields Lacks Power, Still Fights in Amateur Style Deontay Wilder Believes He's Far Too Dangerous To Do MMA Billy Joe Saunders Brings Back Ben Davison As Trainer Blair Cobbs vs. Samuel Kotey Set For Garcia-Fonseca DAZN Bill Claressa Shield's Wish-List Includes Headlining PPV, P4P Lists, MMA Kownacki: After Helenius, I Want The Wilder vs. Fury Winner!
Latest Forum Threads