Michael Conlan remained on the right track for a world title battle within the close to future as he stopped Sofiane Takoucht on Saturday night time, dwell on talkSPORT.
The 28-year-old is transferring all the way down to super-bantamweight to chase the WBO crown subsequent, however secured this win at featherweight in his first bout of 2020.
The battle started with a quick begin from Conlan, who discovered a house for a number of correct physique photographs within the opener.
Takoucht fired again firstly of the second, however was clearly outgunned by the Irishman.
Conlan was warned for a low blow in spherical three because the bout began to warmth up.
He staggered Takoucht within the fourth, however then misplaced a degree for touchdown low as soon as once more.
Referee Steve Grey misplaced additional persistence with Conlan in spherical 5 and deducted a second level for an additional clear low shot.
This put him in a dangerous place, on the verge of disqualification.
Because of this, he switched up his recreation plan and nearly solely focused Takoucht’s head.
From this level on he boxed in dominating style via to the ultimate spherical, the place he piled on the stress and had his opponent out on his ft, forcing the stoppage.
He informed talkSPORT.com earlier within the week: ”I’m in an ideal place, I’m actually glad, I’m ranked extremely with the WBO at 122lbs already.
“Now could be the precise time, I wanna develop into a three-weight world champion, that has been reignited popping out of this lockdown.”
As he enters his prime, Conlan is now verging on a title battle, with Angelo Leo as his goal.
The state of affairs with the WBO super-bantamweight belt has been sophisticated although.
Leo was initially as a consequence of face Stephen Fulton for the title on August 1, with Conlan subsequent in line for a shot.
Nevertheless, Fulton examined constructive for COVID-19 and so Leo beat Tramaine Williams for the belt as an alternative.
Now, Leo will possible need to face Fulton subsequent, with Conlan to return afterwards.
Michael is calm in regards to the state of affairs, and concluded: “If he has to battle Leo this 12 months, hopefully I can face the winner of that on St Patrick’s Day.
“That may be nice, I’ll battle in between, I’ll battle November/December time.”