Published: 12:00 | 2/7/17

Conlan takes pro record to 3-0


Michael Conlan forced a third-round stoppage of Australian Jarrett Owen in Brisbane to take his professional record to 3-0.

Conlan and Owen shared a largely even opening round at the Suncorp Stadium, with Conlan switching to southpaw during that first round as he attemped to outfox his Australian foe, before landing a body-head combo that had Owen rattled in the second.

Owen remained standing during the break between the second the the third rounds and came out to another fierce attack from Conlan. A body shot, and hard left from Conlan, followed a series of combinations from Conlan had Owen in serious trouble. The Aussie stayed upright but was unable to defend himself, with referee Tony Kettlewell calling a halt to proceedings.

Post-fight, Conlan said: “It’s an amazing atmosphere, an amazing amount of Irish here so I have to give my country credit.

“I think we’re looking at 22 September for the next one and I’ll be looking for a better performance than this one. Every performance is getting a little bit better and better.”

In the card’s main event, home fighter Jeff Horn caused an alimight upset by downing Manny Pacquiao to claim the WBO world welterweight title. Horn won the tie on a unanmous decision 117-111, 115-113, 115-113; however, the decision was a hugely controversial one in a fight that looked as though it had gone the other way.

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