Boxing | Michael Conlan wins by KO in Brisbane

David Smith

Michael Conlan produced a third round knock out in Brisbane last night.

It was Conlan’s third professional fight, and the Belfast boxer had far too much for his Australian opponent Jarrett Owen at the Suncorp Stadium.

The Irish featherweight, wearing white shorts with green and orange trim, made his ring-walk to ‘Lonesome Boatman’, having won his two previous professional fights against journeymen Tim Ibarra and Alfredo Chanez.

Owen entered the bout with a 5-4-3 record, and held his own in the first round, with temperatures ringside reaching as high as 17 degrees Celcius.

Conlan released some clever combos in the second round, and peppered the Aussie with some heavy shots, and switched between orthodox and southpaw to keep his opponent guessing.

25 year old Conlan caught Owen with a big body shot early in the third, and followed that up with a relentless flurry of blows which forced referee Tony Kettlebell to step in less than two minutes into the round.

The stoppage means that the former Olympian has won all three of his professional bouts by knockout, and he is ready to take on a higher calibre of opponent as his rapid rise continues.

“It’s an amazing atmosphere and there’s an amazing amount of Irish people here,” Conlan said afterwards.

“I have to support my country and do my country proud and represent. That’s what I did today.

“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.”

The fight took place on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s WBO world welterweight title defence against Jeff Horn.

A crowd in excess of 51,000 were treated to a thrilling fight, with overwhelming underdog Horn coming out on top after 12 brutal rounds.

All three judges scored the bout in Horn’s favour – 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.

Horn called out Floyd Mayweather after his victory, but a rematch with Pacquaio seems likely.