Michael Conlan remains on course for world title shot with final-round stoppage

Michael Conlan remained on course for a world title fight in the near future as he stopped Sofiane Takoucht on Saturday night, live on talkSPORT.

The 28-year-old is moving down to super-bantamweight to chase the WBO crown next, but secured this win at featherweight in his first bout of 2020.

Michael Conlan remains on course for world title shot with final-round stoppage

Conlan is closing in on the world champions

The fight began with a fast start from Conlan, who found a home for several accurate body shots in the opener.

Takoucht fired back at the start of the second, but was clearly outgunned by the Irishman.

Conlan was warned for a low blow in round three as the bout started to heat up.

He staggered Takoucht in the fourth, but then lost a point for landing low once again.

Referee Steve Gray lost further patience with Conlan in round five and deducted a second point for another clear low shot.

This put him in a perilous position, on the verge of disqualification.

As a result, he switched up his game plan and almost solely targeted Takoucht’s head.

From this point on he boxed in dominating fashion through to the final round, where he piled on the pressure and had his opponent out on his feet, forcing the stoppage.

Michael Conlan remains on course for world title shot with final-round stoppage

Conlan is now coming into his prime years

He told talkSPORT.com earlier in the week: ”I’m in a great position, I’m really happy, I’m ranked highly with the WBO at 122lbs already.

“Now is the right time, I wanna become a three-weight world champion, that has been reignited coming out of this lockdown.”

As he enters his prime, Conlan is now verging on a title fight, with Angelo Leo as his target.

The situation with the WBO super-bantamweight belt has been complicated though.

Michael Conlan remains on course for world title shot with final-round stoppage

Michael Conlan wants a world title around his waist by the end of 2020

Leo was initially due to face Stephen Fulton for the title on August 1, with Conlan next in line for a shot.

However, Fulton tested positive for COVID-19 and so Leo beat Tramaine Williams for the belt instead.

Now, Leo will likely have to face Fulton next, with Conlan to come afterwards.

Michael is calm about the situation, and concluded: “If he has to fight Leo this year, hopefully I can face the winner of that on St Patrick’s Day.

“That would be great, I’ll fight in between, I’ll fight November/December time.”

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