Conlan vs Ruiz
Michael Conlan scored a good stoppage in the 9th round of his 10 round featherweight contest against Argentina’s Diego Alberto Ruiz at a sold out Falls Park in Belfast. The WBA and WBO Inter-Continental titles were on the line.
Referee Michael Alexander saved Ruiz after he was decked by a hard body shot. Going to the body was Conlan’s game plan, and although a few strayed low it was the right strategy. The rest of the fight saw Conlan use his superior boxing skills to keep the Argentine on the outside.
A good win for the Belfast hero in front of his adoring fans.
Jenkins vs Gallagher
Paddy Gallagher was very unfortunate to end up with his fight against Welshman Chris Jenkins ending in a 9th round technical decision. A bad cut over Jenkins left eye, deemed to have been caused by an accidental head clash, forced the ringside doctor to call a halt to proceedings. The ensuing technical decision saw Jenkins ahead on the cards after he made a good start, winning the early rounds, only for Gallagher to take over and score the only knock down of the fight in the 6th round.
Jenkins British Welterweight title was on the line as well as the vacant Commonwealth belt.
Luke Keeler vs Luis Arias
Dublin’s Luke Keeler scored the biggest win of his career with a 96-91 points score from referee Steve Gray. Keeler, known by the moniker ‘Cool Hand Luke’, made the perfect start, dropping Arias in the first round with a right hand, left hook combination. Arias, whose only previous setbacks were on points to Daniel Jacobs over 12 rounds and by split decision draw to Gabriel Rosado, was also dropped by the Dublin man in the 9th round.
Both had a point deducted, Keeler for holding Arias head and hitting him on the back of the head in the 5th round and Arias for hitting Keeler on the break in round 8.
Keeler moves closer to a possible world title challenge with this win.
Sean McComb vs Renald Garrido
McComb wins by referee Paul McCullough’s 79-73 scorecard over 8 rounds.
Padraig McCrory vs Steve Collins Jr
McCrory clipped Collins Jr with a good right hand in the 8th and final round before pouring in the punches to force referee Davis Irving to halt proceedings. It was a close fight going into that last round and McCrory needed the big finish to be sure of victory.
Paddy Barnes vs Joel Sanchez
Belfast’s former Olypian and world title challenger Barnes scored a 60-55 points win over transplanted Nicaraguan Joel Sanchez to return to winning ways after his shock points defeat to Oscar Mojica at Madison Square Garden in March.
Adam Kownacki vs Chris Arreola
Adam Kownacki kept his unbeaten record intact and moved closer to a world title challenge with a points win over former 3-time world title challenger Chris Arreola in an action-packed heavyweight slugfest. The judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111, and 118-110 giving the local man a wide points win that didn’t show Arreola’s contribution to a highly entertaining bout.
Marcus Browne vs Jean Pascal
Veteran former WBC Light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal brought his career back to life with a technical decision win over the previously unbeaten Interim WBA titleholder Marcus Browne. Pascal scored knockdowns in the 4th round and twice in the 7th round which put him in a narrow lead (75-74 on all 3 scorecards) when the bout was stopped due to an accidental head clash that left Browne with a nasty gash over his left eye. Referee Gary Rosato called for the advice of the ringside doctor who called a halt to the fight.
Curtis Stevens vs Wale Omotoso
Former Middleweight world title contender Curtis Stevens made the move down in weight to the 154lb Super-welterweight division and received a surprise when Nigerian born Wale Omotoso stopped him in 3 wild rounds. Stevens was knocked down in all 3 rounds.
Carlos Negron vs Brian Howard
Puerto Rican heavyweight Carlos Negron was making his comeback after a 9th round loss to top heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale on the big Barclay’s Center show in Brooklyn, but things went disastrously wrong when 39-year-old Brian Howard (14-3-0) knocked him out cold at 1:06 of the 1st round. This was Howard’s first fight in the heavyweight division, all his previous bouts having been made at Cruiserweight.