CONLAN SCORES EARLY STOPPAGE IN FRONT OF PACKED HOUSE
By Scott Shaffer @Ringside
Michael Conlan TKO3 Tim Ibarra... In front of a New York City crowd likely composed of more Irish citizens than Americans, two-time Olympian Michael Conlan thrilled the St. Patrick's Day revelers by defeating Denver's Tim Ibarra less than three rounds into their super bantamweight bout. Attendance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden was an energetic full house of around 5100. Best known for giving the middle finger to Olympic judges after they robbed him of a decision at the 2016 games, Conlan did not have to worry about the judges tonight because he made quick work of Ibarra. Conlan was accompanied on his ring walk by MMA champion Conor McGregor as well as a cadre of bagpipers. By the second round, Conlan was working Ibarra over pretty good, banging him around the ring, landing to the body and head. With Ibarra trapped against the ropes, referee Benji Estevez stopped the contest, perhaps a bit quick, but none of the fans seemed to mind. The fight was billed as Conlan's pro debut but after he won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics, Conaln actually had ten pro fights for AIBA's World Series of Boxing, going 7-3 against top young boxers. Ibarra heads back to Denver at 4-5. His fifteen minutes of fame is over. McGregor was gracious when asked about a potential crossover fight against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. "Tonight is Michael's night," was all the UFC champion would say. Conlan's promoter, Bob Arum, who invested heavily in bringing Conlan to New York City, was pleased with the result, saying, "It was a great show and Michael was spectacular," but complaining about the lack of network interest in airing this fight.