Michael Conlan defeats Diego Alberto Ruiz


By Trevor McIntyre: Unbeaten featherweight contender Michael Conlan (12-0, 7 KOs) put on a master class performance in stopping the capable Diego Alberto Ruiz (21-3, 10 KOs) by a ninth round knockout on Saturday night at the beautiful Marquee, Falls Park, in Belfast, Ireland.

The two-time Irish Olympian Conlan knocked Ruiz down with a hard shot to the midsection in the ninth round. The fight was then halted by referee Michael Alexander. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:34 of round nine. It was another fine victory for the 27-year-old Conlan, who is ranked WBO #5, WBA #6, IBF #12 at featherweight. It was a good stoppage. The Argentinian Ruiz, 25, was in trouble, and he had no chance of making it out of the round had the fight not been stopped when it did.

Michael Conlan was too powerful

Conlan was too powerful, and he was like a shark waiting for his prey once Ruiz hit the deck. If it weren’t stopped, Conlan would have pounced on Ruiz and ripped him to shreds to finish the job.

All in all, it was an impressive victory for Conlan over a good solid opponent. Ruiz gave Conlan some valuable rounds that he can use to keep progressing to the next level.

“I’m prouder that I got the finish. I can box people and I want longevity in my career, but to get the finish was extra special, and I’m really happy I did,” said Conlan. “I’m ready for a world title soon. This time next year, I want to have a world title around my waist.”

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