Conlan’s Olympic Dream Ends in London
By Jonny Stapleton
MICHAEL CONLAN’S Olympic dream is over as he lost to brilliant teenager Robeisy Carrazana-Ramirez 20-10 in the ExCel Arena tonight.
There will be no big final day for the Belfast tomorrow, but Irish fight fans can be sure the sensational prospect’s day will come, be it in a pro or amateur ring.
The Cuban effectively hit on the break through out the bout, absorbing Conlan’s shots before unleashing with attacks of his own late in the rounds.
The Olympic Youth champion looked the stronger of the two and it seemed as if Team Ireland might have underestimated both his defence and power.
The St John Bosco protégé, who no doubt has a big future in the game, was obviously upset after the tie, but should take pride in what he achieved in just his second year of International boxing.
It wasn’t quite a good Friday for the Irish team as two Belfast Boys, Conlan and the unlucky Paddy Barnes excited the tournament at the semi final stage. John Joe Nevin’s semi final win, however means Ireland still remain in the hunt for Gold.
Fittingly the first round was full of youthful exuberance-the fighters went head to head wild Stag style and tested the resistance of each others rib cages.
The Belfast Boy’s work rate was higher but his foe held an impenetrable guard and in the dying minutes stole the lead with some purposeful attack.
That pattern continued in the second round this time the Cuban laying dormant for over a minute of the first round before erupting with purpose to go four points clear.
Conlan, who has been sensational in his rise to prominence over the last two years, was chasing the bout in the third and as a result was more open to his opponents attacks. He was forced to endure a standing eight count in the last stanza before eventually losing out 20-10.