Michael Conlan had dominated nearly all of their battle when Leigh Wooden knocked him out of the ring to conclude an astonishing conflict
LEIGH WOOD pulled off an astonishing comeback to cease Michael Conlan within the 12th and final spherical on the Nottingham Area on Saturday evening.
Conlan had dominated the battle. Within the first spherical after switching southpaw the Belfast fighter had thumped his again hand left to the physique earlier than smashing it excessive to flooring Wood simply earlier than the bell. Wooden was badly shaken and Conlan continued to regulate proceedings, that harmful left streaking into his rival’s chin.
Conlan jabbed properly too and chopped pictures into the physique to empty Wooden reserves of vitality. Even when Wooden had his moments, Michael both tied him up with sensible clinching or swayed clear and sometimes blocked the incoming punches. An thrilling conflict, with a gutsy Wooden hanging in there, Conlan gave the impression to be properly forward as the competition entered its final two rounds.
But Wooden not solely stayed within the battle, he stayed decided. He pressed ahead within the 11th spherical and he pressured his manner in. As he slung at Michael along with his left, Conlan misplaced his footing. Referee Steve Grey took up the depend, whilst Conlan insisted it was slip.
Going into the final spherical, to this reporter a minimum of, Conlan regarded all however assured of victory. However abruptly as Wooden pressed an assault with Conlan on the ropes, he caught the Belfast man closely with a proper. Conlan wilted and Wooden’s assault knocked him by way of the ropes. He fell out of the ring and tumbled down. The battle needed to be stopped without delay. Conlan was clearly badly damage and wanted remedy. Medical workers took him to hospital afterwards. He was reportedly acutely aware and secure when he arrived.
It was an astonishing comeback for Leigh Wooden, however with Conlan being handled his celebrations had been muted.
“It was a foul knockout so I simply wish to see if he’s alright,” Wooden mentioned.
It was a daunting end to a unprecedented battle.