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MIDDLE FINGER FEVER: Conlan Gets TKO in Pro Debut



MIDDLE FINGER FEVER: Conlan Gets TKO in Pro Debut

Mick Conlan got it done Friday night at the theater at MSG, taking out over matched Tim Ibarra in round three, as he promised.

The W was taken, much beer was sold, the joint was packed and the Top Rank prospect got off to a real fine start as a pro. He worked with both hands, and if he were to do it again, might be a tad more focused with his aggression.

Conlan, taken to the ring by Irish icon Conor McGregor,  loaded up, with hooks and rights, seeking to end it.

He stepped on the pedal in the third, had Ibarra trapped on the ropes, and the ref stepped in. Maybe the stop was a shade early, as Ibarra hadn't been dropped and noticeably wobbled; but the loser didn't protest long or loud.

Manager Matt Macklin has a talented and charismatic hitter who will only improve.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.