Wood Stops Conlan In Thriller
For long periods of his maiden world title defence it was a battle for survival for Leigh Wood.
Michael Conlan looked poised for an early finish, when that failed to materialise, the title still looked likely to change hands. Conlan swung, not in hope but with precision. For the majority of this breathtaking contest, Conlan looked like the only winner. It had the look of his coming out party, until the quite astonishing ending that saw the fight turn on its head suddenly and worryingly.
Wood was dropped by a brutal left hand at the end of the opening round, make no mistake, the bell saved him. The hometown hero did well to stay in the fight, at times it looked like a lost cause. Until Wood somehow and miraculously rallied to save his title.
Conlan was dropped towards the end of the 11th, and suddenly the trajectory of the fight had changed when all hope seemed to have gone.
The end brought back memories of a horrible night many years ago. A similar fight with a similar ending. Hopefully, the similarities end there.
Conlan was knocked through the ropes, and the mood of the night took a dark turn. The celebrations were quite rightfully kept to a minimum.
Conlan played his part in an incredible fight in a red-hot atmosphere, and hopefully, his recovery is swift. Wood is still the WBA featherweight champion, but some things are more important on a night where boxing showed it’s beauty and the more worrying side of the sport and the risks the fighters take.
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