By Matt Bevan (@MBevs68)
Belfast super flyweight Jamie Conlan had no trouble getting past Argentine Adrian Dimas Garzon at the National Stadium in Dublin, stopping him in four rounds, but the win sets up a highly anticipated clash with Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler in 2016.
Conlan, who is managed by Daniel Kinahan and MGM Marbella, who promoted the show, looked excellent, as he darted in and out of distance with supreme confidence.
Garzon offered next to nothing, but Conlan was still out to impress with his future foe a very interested observer at ringside.
The 29-year-old, known as ‘The Mexican’ came through a difficult test in his last fight at the venue, when he was down against Junior Granados, but there was no chance of Garzon providing him with any difficulty, as the 39-year-old with the dodgy haircut threw nothing meaningful throughout the fight.
Conlan settled quickly into an easy night’s work to take the first, while his speed and movement caused Garzon to miss wildly, as it moved rapidly towards a glorified sparring session.
The Belfast man barely broke a sweat over the first two rounds and began to close in on the stoppage in the third. Garzon was nothing more than a punchbag by this point, with Conlan in total control.
Garzon finally put some effort in in the fourth, but it was only in complaining to the referee when he was down, after what was deemed a push by referee David John Irving. The Argentine clipped Conlan as he moved away, remonstrating with Irving, much to the amusement of the WBO Inter-Continental champion.
Garzon may have been rattled, but he was flattened soon after, as Conlan caught him with a solid right hand. Garzon acknowledged the shot, after he just beat the count and disappeared into his shell, as the on-rushing Conlan looked to end proceedings.
It didn’t take him long, as he unloaded a flurry of blows to put Garzon down again and Irving called a halt to the fight to hand Conlan a 15th victory in the pros, nine inside the distance and kept his unbeaten record intact, albeit against a pretty dismal opponent.
Conlan has done his part now and will have both eyes fixed on Butler’s clash with Silvio Olteanu on December 19 in Manchester.
Providing Butler wins, expect them to meet in 2016, possibly in a world title eliminator.