Luis Alberta Lopez destroys Michael Conlan, by landing a single right-uppercut that Michael Conlan had ducked into, likely anticipating that a hook was going to be thrown; this increased the momentum in the punch.

Conlan was clearly the tidier boxer; however, he was also struggling with the physicality and punch-power of Lopez, who was lunging with hooks and uppercuts with almost reckless abandon. Lopez simply had no respect for Conlan’s power, smiling when taking the odd-shot.

Lopez’ most notable win before this match, was a majority-decision win over Josh Warrington; Warrington was undefeated and arguably the top in his division before his loss to Mauricio Lara.

Lopez’ style was unorthodox, his wider-stance and guard gave the impression of vulnerability; but Lopez simply absorbed every punch from Conlan with very little impact shown.

According to BoxRec, Lopez is ranked #3 in his division, this puts him in position to be in fights with Leigh Wood and Brandon Figueroa; I am not prepared to make predictions for these potential match-ups at the time of this article.

Finally, where does Conlan go from here; he doesn’t appear to be struggling with the weight, but has now suffered two devastating defeats by KO/TKO. This demonstrates that Conlan’s chin is suspect, and is vulnerably to harder punchers; this includes boxers such as Kiko Martinez, who are currently slightly higher-ranked than Conlan, but could be potential comeback fights.

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