Featherweight Michael Conlan has erased all concerns pertaining to irrespective of whether or not he’d ever return to kind immediately after staying knocked out earlier this year in a title struggle with Leigh Wood. For on Saturday, the 17-1 Irishman amazed a reside Belfast audience by only outboxing – and even dropping – the 30-6 Miguel Marriaga in a ten rounder.
“I experienced to get rid of a great deal of demons tonight,” Conlan mentioned afterward, “even in the fuckin’ last round, you know, he hit me with a shot — that man can punch. He has 10 extra knockouts than I have fights. He strike me with a jab in the 1st round and it was, like, ‘Oh, this guy really can bang.’” It might not have been an simple win for the well-known fighter, but Saturday’s bout nevertheless proved to be a productive return.
Nevertheless Marriaga showed Conlan he still meant organization in the tenth and final round by ringing Conlan’s bell. “For me,” said Conlan, who Wood had knocked out in the final round of their thriller some months back again, “to kinda come through that and it’s the final spherical, I received knocked out in my last fight in the final spherical, I consider that states a whole lot. I’m again, baby. I’m prepared for any of them.”
As for who Conlan desires to combat following, the solution is very clear. “Obviously, I want Leigh Wood,” he reported. “If not, it is anybody else, any other winner. I will be world champion. I know I will.” Earning a unanimous decision acquire immediately after dropping Marriaga a few instances appeared to have given the previous Olympian the jolt he required. “Whoever I deal with,” Conlan claimed of the future, “I know I’ll defeat.”