Michael Conlan was floored in the second round before being stopped in the seventh round following a sustained attack from Jordan Gill at The SSE Arena; the Belfast boxer suffered his third stoppage loss in 21 bouts
Sunday 3 December 2023 12:43, UK
Michael Conlan was dropped and stopped by Jordan Gill as the Belfast boxer suffered another major setback at the SSE Arena.
The 32-year-old was floored in the second round and Gill piled on the punches in the seventh round to prompt the intervention of the referee as Conlan endured back-to-back defeats in his home city.
Conlan, who was halted by Luis Alberto Lopez at the same venue in May, made a disastrous start as he was sent to the canvas by a right hand from Gill.
There were signs of a gritty recovery from Conlan in the sixth when he briefly stunned Gill with a stinging combination.
But Gill forced Conlan back to the corner in the following round and unloaded a fierce flurry of shots before the ring official stepped in.
It was a stunning comeback victory for Gill, a former European champion, who had been absent for over a year after being halted by Kiko Martinez.
But Conlan is left to consider his future in the sport following his third stoppage loss in 21 bouts.
On the undercard, Lewis Crocker boosted his reputation with a dominant points win over Tyrone McKenna as the undefeated 26-year-old extended his unbeaten record to 18 victories.