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Conlan victorious against Hernandez

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Conlan victorious against Hernandez

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Conlan victorious against Hernandez

WBO Intercontinental Featherweight champion Michael Conlan took on and defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez by unanimous decision on St. Patrick’s Day. In his third fight on the holiday in a row, Conlan in front of a raucous crowd of 3,712 at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden won the fight from opening bell to closing as he flat outboxed Hernandez to remain undefeated at 11-0.

While the fight wasn’t anything in the ring of note as all three judges had it 100-90 in favor of Conlan in this 10 round contest, he was led into the ring by WWE Superstar Finn Balor.

When asked after the fight, Conlan had said the following:

“I think I just used my skills as I said I would. I think I showed a lot of good defensive movements and things I’ve been working on. We were in no rush to try and take out this guy. He’s tough. He went the distance with {Nonito} Donaire and a few other top fighters. He had a tough head on him. There were a few times I probably could’ve stepped on it, but we wanted to practice things we’ve been working on. I felt I did that tonight.”

Top Rank has been slowly building back up to a rematch of Conlan and Vladimir Nikitin, who also was on this same card and won by majority decision over Juan Tapia. When asked about facing him again in his post-fight interview, Conlan said the following:

“Vladimir {Nikitin}, I know you’re here tonight. We need to do it again for the fans. I need to write a wrong that shouldn’t have been written.”

Vladimir Nikitin, when asked for comment, stated “The Conlan fight will happen eventually. That is what we both want.”

With this victory out of the way for both camps, here’s hoping we all are closer to the match both men had in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

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