Michael Conlan wasn't going to take it quietly when judges at the Rio Olympics gave his Russian opponent a controversial decision win. "We've got a lot of rowdy Irish people coming over," Conlan said Wednesday. Conlan tips off his pro career March 17 in the smaller theater at the Garden, but it might not be long before he starts filling the main arena himself.
For undefeated up and comer Jose “Shorty” Torres, his most recent victory at Titan FC was a big one for his young career. Not only was Torres able to get a second round TKO of more experienced Abdeil Velazquez in August, but he also picked up his first professional title to go along with his numerous amateur belts. “Overall it was a good fight for me,” Torres told MMAWeekly.com. “Stylistically, Velazquez, I wouldn’t say is completely a runner, but he had a very defensive style. When came to attacks, that was my time to shine. “For me I thought it was a good fight to make my 125-pound debut and take that title at the same time. I’m just happy I got the TKO and I put on a show – that’s all that
Russian tyro Andrey Rublev spent his day off sparring in Melbourne boxing ring in readiness for his clash with world number one Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Rublev, once accused of threatening an opponent at a tournament in Moscow, worked up a sweat sparring with one of the coaches at the city's Fight Club gym. Murray, also a keen boxing fan, came through his opener against Illya Marchenko in three sets.