The Belfast native, twotime Irish Olympian, and one of those game ’s top prospects graduated into contender status Saturday day, beating former two-division Commonwealth winner Jason Cunningham via 10-round unanimous decision to snag the vacant WBO Intercontinental featherweight title on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton undercard.

Conlan (10-0, 6 KOs) won with scores of 97-92 2X and 98-92, pressing on the activity contrary to the defensive-minded Cunningham (24-6, 6 KOs).

Conlan’s only hiccup came from the first time round when referee Steve Gray exchanged a point for a very low blow. He always been the aggressor, damaging Cunningham defectively. But Cunningham, who has only been pumped out after as a pro, held on to listen to the last bell.

Since Conlan ends his second year as an expert, that is exactly what he had to state.

On his operation against Cunningham

“I made some mistakes inside, but it was a learning experience. It was the first time. I felt comfortable at there moving the length, and that I have the work. ”

“In the very end of your afternoon, it’another triumph at the bank. I’m. ”

On ending Cunningham from the 10th round

“I thought I had him moving, however that I couldn’t even get him out from there. He did to live. I struck him with some good shots, but he’s a intelligent fighter and he knew just how to live. When I had a couple more rounds, then I think I could’ve had him out from that time. ”

On his 2018 effort

“rsquo I &;t improved. I’Id gone to rival from prospect. I still have a few questions to answer, however I’m so happy with the way things are moving. ”

On what’s next

“I’m going to be back at Madison Square Garden on March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day. Afterward, we would like to come back into Belfast at the summer with a struggle in between. I’m not certain who’s next, however I would like to keep improving. ”

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