Belfast featherweight Michael Conlan scored a dominant victory over Hungary’s David Berna at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old boxer gave Irish fans celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the perfect end to a great day for Irish sports, which also saw Ireland win the Grand Slam in the 2018 Six Nations Rugby Championship.
Hoards of fans clad in green turned out to support Conlan, and the Olympic bronze medalist delivered a very sharp performance.
Fighting under the tutelage of trainer Adam Booth for the first time, Conlan was simply several levels above Berna — a disparity that was evident from the first bell.
A tremendous left hook to the body from Conlan put Berna on the canvas in the first round. The Hungarian looked in severe discomfort but managed to get up and continue. Conlan tried to end the fight, but Berna survived until the end of the round.
In the second stanza, Conlan continued where he left off and dropped Berna with a left hook to the head. Berna survived the count, but after he suffered a few seconds of pummeling from Conlan again, the referee stopped the fight.
With the victory, Conlan moved to 6-0 as professional, while Berna dropped to 15-3.
Conlan is next expected to fight in Belfast in June.