Outrage as UK TV use British flag for Irish fighter Micheal Conlan
Michael Conlan enjoyed a successful homecoming on Saturday night as the Irishman delighted fans in Belfast with his headline victory.
The former amateur star kept his undefeated run going but it was a TV gaff from BoxNation / BT Sport which annoyed the fans.
As the captions popped up on screen for UK TV coverage, Conlan’s name appeared next to a British flag despite his proud Irish heritage.
Fans unsurprisingly took to social media to air their upset, with one complainer stating: ‘Typical British claiming Irish fighters as their own when it suits them’.
In the fight itself, Conlan displayed his superior amateur skills when dominating Adeilson Dos Santos over eight rounds.
Conlan remained undefeated in his quest for honors over the coming 18 months.
Jack Catterall faced a tough and rugged – no holds barred challenge from the rangy Tyrone McKenna.
Irish favorite McKenna was in defiant form despite Catterall possessing more quality as the Briton saw out a points win on the cards.
Jono Carroll defeated Declan Geraghty via a ninth round stoppage in what ended up being a horrible fight to watch for the last four rounds.
The victim of crushing body shots, Carroll wore down Geraghty to the pleasure of the Belfast crowd.
Clearly with nothing left and completely exhausted, Geraghty was allowed to box on and be beaten to the head and body repeatedly by Carroll for what seemed an age.
The fight was a one-sided affair for the most part and was correctly ended by Bob Williams – albeit belatedly.
Tyrone McCullagh claimed the vacant Celtic super-bantamweight titles with a unanimous ten-round points win over Joe Ham.
In a battle of the unbeatens, it was McCullough who made it to 11-0, whilst Ham dropped to 14-1.
Welterweight Johnny Coyle won a ten round points victory over Lewis Benson to push his record to 19-0-1. Benson lost for the first time in his eleven fights.
Sunny Edwards had no problems taking all six rounds from Cristian Narvaez as the talented bantamweight moved to 8-0, Whilst Gary Corcoran recorded a fifth round stoppage and Lewis Crocker halted Adam Grabiec in the first session.
In the early exchanges, Neslan Machado out-pointed Jose Aguilar over six rounds, whilst lightweight Gary Cully and super middleweight Taylor McGoldrick both carded four-round victories as all three remained undefeated.