Michael Conlan responds to first skilled defeat, outlasts Miguel Marriaga

Michael Conlan responded to his first skilled boxing defeat by scoring three knockdowns on his option to a dominant factors win over Miguel Marriaga on Saturday.

Conlan (17-1, 8 KOs), from Belfast, Northern Eire, revived his hopes of combating for a world title with this unanimous determination (99-88, 98-88, 99-89) over skilled Colombian Marriaga in a 10-round nontitle contest.

Conlan, 30, was knocked out (and out of the ring) by WBA “regular” champion Leigh Wooden within the final spherical 5 months in the past, however received his profession again on monitor with this confidence-boosting win in entrance of his residence followers at SSE Enviornment in Belfast.

“I got rid of a lot of demons in the last round,” Conlan mentioned.

“I had to be careful and use my shots. I got caught in the last round, for me to come through that says a lot, and I’m back. I want Lee Wood, but any other champion, whoever I face I know I will beat them.”

Marriaga (30-6, 26 KOs) has now misplaced two in a row however was upset with the knockdowns, insisting he slipped. Nevertheless, Marriaga was outclassed from begin to end, and Conlan was spectacular particularly within the later rounds.

Conlan boxed rigorously and patiently behind his jab till he opened up extra within the second half of the combat and landed some good left palms within the sixth spherical.

The Belfast boxer picked his pictures properly once more within the seventh spherical and despatched Marriaga spinning to the canvas with a cuffing left hook after the Colombian was caught off stability.

Marriaga, 35, complained about receiving a rely, saying he slipped, however he was down once more a spherical later within the eighth. Conlan unloaded a pointy mixture that dropped Marriaga to a knee after his foot gave manner.

Conlan compelled one other knockdown within the ninth spherical as Marriaga turned overwhelmed.

Conlan might need to attend for a rematch with England’s Wooden, who’s pursuing a combat in opposition to Mexico’s Leo Santa Cruz, the total WBA world featherweight titleholder.