Leigh Wooden unbelievably remained the WBA featherweight champion on the Nottingham Area, as he bought up from a heavy first spherical knockdown to knock out Michael Conlan within the remaining spherical of an epic maiden title defence.
Wooden (26-2, 16 KOs) sensationally received the title with a final round stoppage of Xu Can within the Matchroom again backyard in July 2021, and Conlan (16-1, 8 KOs) was trying to fulfil his precocious newbie potential and the Irishman was coming off a factors win over former world champion TJ Doheny final August.
In entrance of a raucous crowd, and after spine-tingling ring walks, it was right down to enterprise.
It was a energetic starting, with Conlan establishing a southpaw jab and Wooden assembly him within the centre of the ring on the entrance foot.
The champion landed a proper hand excessive that bought his challenger’s respect, however proper on the finish of the session, a monster left hand had Wooden flat on his again.
The 33-year-old beat the depend however regarded unsteady after his heavy fall and the minute’s relaxation didn’t appear more likely to be lengthy sufficient and one other massive left hand shook him to his boots at the beginning of the second.
Though Conlan had a nasty minimize on his left eye, he couldn’t miss along with his left hand, and Wooden was pressured to eat a number of flush ones through the spherical.
Wooden survived the spherical, however the challenger was firing on all cylinders, his motion inflicting Wooden all types of issues, though the Gedling man did have a steadier third.
Wooden backed the 30-year-old to the ropes within the fourth and he closed the hole in spherical 5, though he walked into a brief proper hook that appeared to buzz him momentarily.
Conlan was additionally concentrating on the physique increasingly, however he needed to take a number of physique photographs of his personal within the sixth, though he was largely having the final phrase in all the arguments.
Wooden had an honest seventh and the pair exchanged wildly on the finish of the body with spherical eight seeing two massive lefts from Conlan land, however once more Wooden confirmed loads of coronary heart and he was making the struggle a contest.
Wooden took a painful physique shot within the tenth, however fought again bravely and wasn’t giving his belt up with out a struggle, touchdown with meaty blows in his finest spherical so far.
Conlan beautifully went via the gears within the penultimate body, touchdown with big photographs, however he then sensationally hit the deck, slipping backwards on the top of a left hook.
The ultimate spherical was one other thriller and an impressed Wooden unbelievably switched the lights out on Conlan, seemingly with a brief proper hand excessive on the pinnacle, knocking the Belfast man via the ropes, and Conlan remained out of the ring for a while.
There was nice concern as Conlan lay out of the ring and Wooden’s celebrations have been understandably muted ones.
Matchroom Boxing CEO, Frank Smith confirmed post-fight that Conlan was “acutely aware and steady” after being taken to hospital.
Agyarko overcomes Rubio
Caoimhin Agyarko (11-0, 7 KOs) defended his WBA Worldwide middleweight title, as he largely dominated his ten rounder with Juan Carlos Rubio (18-2, 9 KOs), successful by way of unanimous choice.
The Irishman was at all times one step forward and took the victory by two scores of 100-90, and a 3rd at 98-92.
Harper again to successful methods
Terri Harper returned after shedding her world titles final day trip and rebounded with a close to shutout factors win towards Yamila Belen Abellaneda (13-5-1, 3 KOs).
Harper (12-1-1, 6 KOs) moved as much as light-weight for the primary time and claimed the vacant WBA Intercontinental title, overcoming a minimize to place in a managed efficiency to take the win by three scores of 99-91.
Cully halts Vazquez
Gary Cully took on his sternest check so far, and the Irishman got here via with flying colors, scoring a shocking fifth spherical knockout win in his tremendous light-weight encounter with former world champion, Miguel Vazquez.
Vazquez (44-11, 17 KOs) was down for a flash knockdown within the third from a straight Cully (14-0, 8 KOs) left hand, and he was by no means actually within the contest.
Within the fifth, he walked onto a left hand and that left him down and unable to beat the depend.
Farias edges out Ryan
Sandy Ryan had been making fast strides since turning over, however she bit off greater than she may chew this time in a ten spherical cut up choice defeat to Argentina’s former two-weight world champion, Erica Anabella Farias.
Farias (27-5, 10 KOs) gave Ryan (3-1, 2 KOs) all she may deal with for six rounds, though the Brit broke via with physique photographs within the second half.
Farias although, wouldn’t be denied, and she or he landed the a lot cleaner punches as the competition reached an exciting conclusion.
The customer was docked a degree within the remaining body to be used of the pinnacle, however she nonetheless took a deserved win with scores of 97-94 and 95-94 trumping a verdict of Ryan at 97-93.
Irish heavyweight, Thomas Carty (3-0, 2 KOs) prolonged his unbeaten begin to skilled life, as his opponent Michal Boloz (2-4-2, 2 KOs) was dominated out of motion with a minimize within the fifth of their six rounder.
The debut of thrilling expertise Nico Leivars (1-0) was a profitable one, because the Mansfield-based bantamweight took a 4 spherical factors win towards Jose Hernandez.
It was a 40-34 successful margin, as Hernandez (4-39-1, 3 KOs) was docked a degree for holding, and was dropped within the remaining spherical.
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Thomas Whitaker Hart (6-0, 3 KOs) opened the present, and he took simply over 40 seconds to dispatch of Ben Thomas at mild heavyweight.
A strong left hook to the physique left Thomas (2-15-3, 1 KO) unable to beat the depend.