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Michael Conlan has suffered his first professional defeat — and it happened in devastating fashion.

Conlan, the 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist boxer, challenged WBA champion Leigh Wood for the featherweight title in Nottinghan, England this Saturday. Conlan was a slight favorite heading into the bout at -170, and looked good early, dropping Wood in the first round. Wood was able to battle back, dropping Conlan in the 11th round, before knocking him out and through the ropes in the final round to retain his featherweight title.

Complete highlights of the bout can be seen below, courtesy of DAZN Boxing.

Here comes @mickconlan11 #WoodConlan

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022

The champion @itsLeighWood makes his entrance. The atmosphere is absolutely ELECTRIC ⚡️#WoodConlan

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022


— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022

Fireworks from the opening bell #WoodConlan

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022

OUCH #WoodConlan

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022

GREAT FINISH to the seventh #WoodConlan

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022

THIS FIGHT #WoodConlan

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022


— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 12, 2022

HOLY FUCKING SHIIITT!! Leigh Wood knocks out Conlan in the 12th!! #WoodConlan

— Fuckie Chinster (@DailyBruise2) March 12, 2022

According to Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith and Matchroom Boxing Chairman Eddie Hearn, Conlan “arrived at hospital, conscious and stable” following the vicious knockout.

Michael Conlan arrived at hospital, conscious and stable

— Frank Smith (@FrankSmith) March 13, 2022

Update on Michael Conlan..conscious and stable, sitting up and talking and await CT scans

— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) March 13, 2022

The scary finish marked the first loss of Conlan’s 16-1 pro boxing career, while Wood retained his WBA featherweight title and moved to 26-2 as a professional.


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