WBO #5, WBA #6, IBF #12 featherweight Michael Conlan (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Diego Alberto “El Profeta” Ruiz (21-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 10,000 at Falls Park as part of Belfast’s annual Féile an Phobail summer festival.
One-sided fight. Conlan dropped Ruiz with a body shot and the bout was waved off after Ruiz took a few more body shots. Time was 1:34.
“I’m ready for a world title soon. This time next year, I want to have a world title around my waist,” said Conlan afterwards.
In a clash of world-rated middleweights, WBO #6, IBF #13 Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) scored a ten round decision over WBC #8 Luis Arias (18-2-1, 9 KOs). Arias was deducted a point for hitting on the break in round eight. Keeler scored a flash knockdown in round nine. Scored 96-91.
Welterweight Chris Jenkins (22-3-2, 8 KOs) escaped with a nine round technical decision against Paddy “Pat-Man” Gallagher (16-6, 10 KOs) in a bout for the British and Commonwealth titles. Jenkins won the early rounds. Gallagher dropped Jenkins in round six with a body shot and was dominating the bout when it was stopped due to a cut over Jenkins’ left eye. Jenkins was up 86-85 on all three cards.
Unbeaten super middleweight Padraig McCrory (9-0, 4 KOs) TKO’d Steve Collins Jr. (14-3-1, 4 KOs) in round eight. Quick stoppage.
Three-time Olympian flyweight Paddy Barnes (6-2, 1 KO) outpointed Joel Sanchez (4-7-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds, 60-55. Barnes stopped a two-fight losing streak.