Michael Conlan received medical treatment after suffering a painful direct blow during the final round of his world title fight with Leigh Wood at Nottingham Arena.
Until the last seconds of the penultimate round, Conlan looked like he was on the way to victory but a knock-out was performed in the middle of the last round, causing the Belfast boxer to be flipped out of the ring.
When Wood thwarted any celebrations out of concern for his opponent, Conlan was removed from the ring for further treatment.
Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Supporters of the Fight, tweeted at 12:20pm ‘Michael Conlan has arrived at hospital, conscious and stable.’
“I hope Michael is okay,” Wood said. “I can’t celebrate until I know he’s okay. My thoughts right now are with him.
“But I’m just thinking about Mick at the moment. It was a bad knockout. I can get him out of my head. I hope he’s fine.”
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn added: “We should be celebrating one of the biggest comebacks we’ve ever seen, but we’re just praying for Michael Conlan.”
Conlan took control from the start after the giant left hand left Wood on the frame to the bell at the end of the first inning. Another wobbly second for the host boxer, who looks a lot like him could be braced for a quick drop.
And Conlan remained firmly on his front foot until the last seconds of round 11, when Conlan was knocked down. There was an element of controversy to that shot as he and his corner felt it was a miss but in the end it didn’t matter as Wood delivered a stunning conclusion to the skirmish between final inning.
“It’s sad. It’s heartbreaking,” said former world cruiser champion Tony Bellew.
“It was an incredible game. Leigh Wood hit a smack, his feet were gone, tackles played a big part but he didn’t stop believing and that was the mark. the mark of a champion.”
And Carl Froch, Wood’s fellow Nottingham favorite, added: “That shines a spotlight on what has been a great battle. This is the potential downside. Unfortunately, it’s only part of it. of boxing.
“We just witnessed an unbelievable fight and we cannot celebrate because Conlan’s safety is paramount. We need to know that he is fine.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/michael-conlan-conscious-and-stable-following-vicious-knockout-in-final-round-of-world-title-fight-41440746.html Michael Conlan ‘sober and steady’ after fierce knockout in final round of world title war