On Friday, March 17, 2017, an electric crowd packed the house for the St. Patrick’s Day card inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Fight fans, Irish lads and gals were ecstatic to welcome the professional debut of Ireland’s son, Michael Conlan.
Tim Ibarra (4-5, 1 KO) welcomed Conlan to the professional ranks for three rounds, while using his footwork to keep Conlan on the hunt for the knockout. Conlan and Ibarra exchanged jabs in Round 1, as they tested out the distance between each other.
Round 2 saw a little more success for Conlan as he was able to slow down the footwork of Ibarra and connect to the body and the head.
With the fans singing songs continuously, Conlan stepped on the gas and overwhelmed Ibarra with shots against the ropes.
While Ibarra tried to get back to using his feet, Conlan pressured him against the ropes. The referee waved off the fight 59 seconds into Round 3.
Conlan starts his professional career with a TKO victory.
In the co-main feature, Abel Sanchez’s prospect, Alex Saucedo (24-0, 15 KOs) remained undefeated with a brutal stoppage against Johnny Garcia (19-4-1, 11 KOs).
Saucedo displayed his power with short hooks and uppercuts that immediately affected Garcia.
After a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the bout at the 2:42 mark in Round 2.
ALEX SAUCEDO TKO HIGHLIGHTS:
Colorado's Boxing Chick. Staff Writer for Round By Round Boxing, mother of 3, wife of professional boxer Manny Perez.