Conlan dominates again, shutting out Garcia Hernandez

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Michael Conlan faced no real resistance in a sideways step for his career.

Irish featherweight prospect Michael Conlan frankly didn’t show anything that he hasn’t already shown in his pro career, but he picked up another win on St. Patrick’s Day in New York, routing Ruben Garcia Hernandez en route to a shutout unanimous decision.

Scores were 100-90 across the board, with BLH having the same card.

Conlan (11-0, 6 KO) simply outboxed the vastly overmatched Hernandez (24-4-2, 10 KO), who has built a record far more impressive than his skills. Conlan went the distance, but probably could have stepped on the gas at some point had he really wanted to do that. But the crowd was firmly behind him, and seemed happy with the performance and his victory, as did Conlan.

“I wanted to kind of practice things I’ve been working on and I felt like I did that tonight,” Conlan said before focusing on a professional rematch with Vladimir Nikitin (3-0, 0 KO), the Russian who controversially defeated Conlan at the 2016 Olympics. Nikitin fought on the undercard earlier in the evening.

At 27, Conlan has time still to work his way up, but there is at least a small sense that he’s treading water a bit right now. The featherweight division is strong at the moment, and Conlan has steadily gained popularity, so there’s been no rush for him to take risks. He’ll get there eventually, and tonight’s fight will just be one that he had along the way. He did nothing wrong, got the clear win, and the crowd went home happy listening to House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and what have you.

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