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Michael Conlan Flirts With Disqualification, Stops Takoucht In The 10th

Michael Conlan Flirts With Disqualification, Stops Takoucht In The 10th

Michael Conlan won the 14th fight of his pro career on Saturday night, stopping Sofiane Takoucht in the tenth round at York Hall.

The unbeaten Conlan dominated the fight but flirted with disqualification. He had points deducted for low blows to the Frenchman in the fourth and fifth rounds. The 28-year-old was also warned regarding low shots in earlier rounds.

"I love to hit them right on the sweet spot and there's a fine line," Conlan told BT Sport after the fight, before joking that two deducted points was his aim.

"I was going for my record of two points this time - I got it, I'm happy.

"I did what I said I was going to do as well. I said I wasn't going to rush it like Josh Warrington did; I'm a different style of fighter.

"I said I would break him down and take him out and I did that. It might have been the last round but I did it.

"A fight like that is almost harder because he's so jittery and novicey and unorthodox. Being a southpaw, he does some crazy shit. Sorry for the language, I know I'm on BT but you've heard worse from me."

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Conlan's trainer Adam Booth said he believes that his fighter is now ready for a world title fight. "I would take it tomorrow," said Booth.

That title fight is likely to be for the WBO super bantamweight belt, either against holder Angelo Leo or Stephen Fulton. The two were due to meet this month but the but was called off when Fulton tested positive for Covid-19. Leo instead beat Tramaine Williams for the belt.

"I'll be honest, I don't have a clue [what's happening with that fight]," said Conlan.

"I just have the best team and I leave everything in their hands.

"I know when I fight for the world title at 122 - which I will - I'll be world champion. Whether it's Fulton or Leo, it will be a completely different fight."

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