IT’S been a long wait for Michael Conlan to return to box in Belfast. But a tremendous atmosphere on Saturday at the SSE Arena made this homecoming an occasion to remember.
It was an only an eight round, non-title fight. But Conlan has been well matched in his professional career and against Brazil’s Adeilson Dos Santos he could not afford to box too recklessly.
Dos Santos is experienced. He may have lost his world title fight inside two rounds but he is still a veteran and Michael had only had seven professional bouts going into this. The Brazilian went 12 rounds with Kid Galahad but, with a long reach, he has some power. When he wins he tends to win by stoppage.