Jamie Conlan improved his record to 18-0 by defeating David Koos at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, moving one step closer to a World Title final eliminator.
The 30-year-old won all eight rounds against his Hungarian opponent, whose record read 8-2-1 prior to facing the Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Champion.
It was a patient victory for ‘The Mexican’, who looked to establish his jab early on before unloading smart combinations on Koos after a couple of rounds.
Conlan clipped his opponent with a smart double jab in the third. He had to take some shots in reply from the awkward Koos but the Belfast man’s accuracy was the difference throughout.
Koos, who lost on points to Prince Patel last year, was hurt by a cracking body shot in the fourth but withstood the pressure and made Conlan work hard over the final few rounds to earn a clear points victory.
Elsewhere on the bill, Olympian Paddy Barnes made a winning start to his professional career but he was frustrated by the actions of his Bulgarian opponent.
Stefan Slavchev was disqualified in the fourth round of their scheduled six-rounder for lifting Barnes up in the air.
Barnes was having to force the fight, stalking his opponent around the ring and displayed great hand speed when landing on Slavchev prior to the referee’s intervention.
Promoter Frank Warren is set to showcase the very best of Irish Boxing live on BoxNation when he returns to Belfast to promote an action-packed show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on 5th November.
Belfast’s Commonwealth Champion Jamie Conlan continues his journey towards a 2017 World title shot and is joined by Ireland’s Triple Olympian Paddy Barnes making his highly-anticipated professional debut which should guarantee a bumper crowd at the Titanic Centre.
Undefeated in 17 fights, Conlan, is arguably the most exciting fighter in Britain and recently secured the ‘Fight of the Year’ gong for his April war with Anthony Nelson. Known as ‘The Mexican’ for his thrilling, all-action, style, Conlan has established himself as a massive fan favourite and brings guaranteed excitement every time he fights.
Irish hero Conlan has a well-deserved reputation as a rising star in the Super-Flyweight division, due to his undefeated record and strong KO ratio. The 29 year-old former WBO European Champion is delighted to be fighting back in his hometown after dispatching Czech Republic’s Patrik Bartos last time out at the Wales Ice Arena.
Debutant Paddy Barnes, a Triple Olympian, has represented Ireland in Beijing (2008) London (2012) and Rio (2016) and has twice captured Bronze. With another Olympic Games 4 years away the Belfast bruiser has set his sights on a professional career under the management of three-time World title challenger Matthew Macklin.
On an exciting undercard Belfast’s Marco McCullough (15-3 9 KOs) looks to impress on home soil; Dublin Super-Lightweight Phillip Sutcliffe Jnr looks to make a fresh assault on the 140lb division as he fights over ten rounds; gifted Dublin Super-Featherweight Declan ‘Pretty Boy’ Geraghty looks for another win; Team Fury Heavyweight prospect Con Sheehan goes in search of his fourth professional win; undefeated Belfast Welterweight Tyrone Mckenna takes on Dublin’s Sean Creagh; Stephen Ormond looks to get back to winning ways in a six round Lightweight contest; undefeated heavyweight Sean Turner, exciting Cruiserweight starlet Gary Sweeney and Heavyweight debutant Steven Ward make up the rest of the card.
Warren said: “Belfast is always special when it comes to boxing as it is a fight city and the Irish really know their Boxing. I’m excited to be coming back and with Jamie Conlan never being in a dull fight excitement is guaranteed. Paddy Barnes is something special and it will be an honour to promote his first professional outing after his illustrious amateur career and three Olympic Games which in itself is an incredible achievement. I am working with Mathew Macklin to get Jamie a World title fight in Belfast next year so he has everything to play for on 5th November.”