Michael Conlan has produced a ninth-round stoppage win over Diego Alberto Ruiz at Falls Park.
Conlan caught Ruiz with a big right hand in the ninth, and a flurry of blows led to the Argentinian’s corner asking for the contest to be stopped.
The 27-year-old Belfast boxer has extended his professional record to 12-0, and has acquired the WBA Inter-Continental belt in the process.
Conlan dominated the fight from the outset, despite revealing afterwards that he was forced to switch stances due to a hand injury he picked up during the fight.
Injury aside, the Olympian was put under very little pressure by the 25-year-old Argentinian in the Belfast rain.
Ruiz dropped to one knee early in the ninth, claiming Conlan had caught him with a low blow, though replays suggested it was above the belt.
The referee then halted the fight at the behest of Ruiz’s corner, much to the delight of the Falls Park crowd.
“Before, I was nervous,” Conlan told Top Rank Boxing afterhis victory.
“I didn’t know what to expect.
“When I got on to that stage, I was like, ‘I’m home’.
“I’m more proud that I got the finish for [the supporters]. I can box
people all day and it’s boring for people.
“It is boring for people when I am using skill so much. To get the finish made the day extra special.”
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) August 4, 2019
There was also plenty of Irish interest on the undercard.
Paddy Barnes earned a 60-55 points decision victory against Joel Sanchez.
Luke Keeler claimed an impressive 96-91 points victory over Luis Arias.
Padraig McCrory maintained his 100% pro record by stopping Steve Collins Jnr in the eighth round to be crowned the new BUI Celtic Super Middleweight champion.
Sean McComb also picked up a comprehensive points victory over veteran Renald Garrido.