Belfast boxer Michael Conlan has been crowned Ireland’s first male World Boxing Champion.
Conlan survived a 3rd round knockdown to beat Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the 56kg bantamweight final in Doha to take the crown.
He won the bout on points in a 3-0 unanimous decision.
Two judges scored the first round in favour of Conlan, while one scored in favour of Akhmadaliev. All three scored the second round in Belfast man’s favour.
Conlan won 30-27, 29-28, 29-28. He now joins Katie Taylor as the only Irish fighters to win AIBA world titles, with Taylor due to go for her sixth in Kazakhstan early next year.
Conlan said after his win:
“I’m a world champion so there’s not much else you can say. The Irish crowd, I have never seen anything like in my life. I don’t even have this support at home, I’m completely over the moon.”
Well done Michael!