Michael “Mick” Conlan’s Las Vegas debut went according to plan. The two-time Olympian from Belfast, Ireland, broke down Nicola Cipolletta and knocked him out with an accumulation of blows in the seventh round.
Conlan (9-0, 6 KOs) pushed the pace against the defensive-minded Cipolletta (14-7-2, 4 KOs), who was making his American debut. Cipolletta, who was content to back up for much of the fight, succumbed from Conlan’s vicious body attach.
“When you fight a guy who is negative and trying to survive, those guys are the hardest guys to look good against,” Conlan said. “He was just negative. Now, I want real opponents. I want top 10, top 15 opponents. These are the guys who are going to make me look good. These are the guys who are going to bring out the best of my technical ability. When you see guys trying to survive, it’s a lot easier to survive than fight it out.”
Conlan is scheduled to close out his 2018 campaign on Dec. 22 in Manchester, England.
Middleweight: Esquiva Falcao (22-0, 15 KOs) unanimous decision, 10 rounds, Guido Pitto (25-6-2, 8 KOs). Scores: 100-90 3X.
Lightweight: Joseph Adorno (10-0, 9 KOs), unanimous decision, 6 rounds, Kevin Cruz (8-1, 5 KOs). Scores: 59-53 2X, 58-54.
Adorno said: “I felt great going the distance for the first time. I wasn’t tired at all and got the job done. I am very happy with my performance.”
Super Lightweight: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3 KOs),TKO 2, 2:13, Wilberth Lopez (23-10, 15 KOs)
Featherweight: Vladimir Nikitin (2-0, 0 KOs), unanimous decision, 6 rounds, Clay Burns (5-5-2, 4 KOs). Scores: 59-55 3X.
Featherweight: Adam Lopez (11-1, 5 KOs), TKO 8, 1:29, Hector Ambriz (12-8-2, 6 KOs).
Middleweight: David Kaminsky (3-0, 2 KOs), TKO 2 , :40, Noah LaCoste (2-1, 2 KOs).
* Kaminsky scored knockdown with uppercut in round 1. LaCoste stopped on his feet in the second.