Olympic boxing medalists Stevenson, Conlan remain unbeaten

Shakur Stevenson celebrates after defeating Oscar Mendoza during a featherweight boxing match Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Mikaela Mayer, right, punches Nydia Feliciano during the first round of a lightweight boxing match Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Shakur Stevenson punches Oscar Mendoza during the first round of a featherweight boxing match Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. Stevenson won the bout. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK — Former Olympic boxing medalists Shakur Stevenson and Michael Conlan remained unbeaten on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux match.

U.S. women's Olympian Mikaela Mayer also was a winner Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Stevenson (4-0, 2 KOs) outclassed Oscar Mendoza (4-3) before referee Sparkle Lee stopped it midway through the second round. Fighting near his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, the southpaw landed sometimes three or four punches in rapid succession before Mendoza could get out of the way.

Stevenson, who won silver in the 2016 Olympics, sparred with Lomachenko during camp and the work against one of boxing's best paid off for the 20-year-old featherweight.

"Everything was working for me tonight," Stevenson said. "Everything I threw was landing."

Conlan (5-0) delighted the contingent of Irish flag-waving fans with a unanimous decision victory over Argentina's Luis Molina (4-4-1), winning every round of the six-round bout in his first pro victory that didn't come by stoppage.

Conlan peppered Molina with combinations to the body and left uppercuts to the chin in the arena where he made his professional debut last year on St. Patrick's Day. Promoter Bob Arum also plans to have the 2012 bronze medalist from Belfast fight again next year on the March 17 holiday.

Mayer (3-0) had to the go the distance for the first time in her brief career, earning a majority decision over New Yorker Nydia Feliciano (9-9-3), winning all four rounds on two judges' cards while another scored it a draw.

Mayer said after the fight she planned to tell promoter Top Rank she wanted to be done fighting four-round fights and push for six-rounders, believing she got stronger the longer fights went on.

Puerto Rico's Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KOs) knocked down Bryant Cruz (18-3) four times before the fight was halted 37 seconds in the third round, claiming a vacant junior lightweight title and saying he could be Puerto Rico's next boxing star in the wake of Miguel Cotto's plans to retire following what he said was his final fight last weekend.

Also, heavyweight Bryant Jennings opened the preliminary bouts by improving to 21-2 with 12 KOs by stopping Donnie Haynesworth (13-2-1) in the second round.

People also read these

Scott Dixon wins IndyCar pole at Watkins Glen

Sep 3, 2016

Scott Dixon won the IndyCar pole at Watkins Glen International on Saturday for the Grand Prix at...

Andrus powers Rangers to 10-7 win at slumping...

Sep 7, 2016

Texas' Elvis Andrus had a homer and three doubles to lead the Rangers to a 10-7 win at slumping...

Manny Pacquiao puts retirement on hold, takes on...

Sep 9, 2016

Manny Pacquiao is determined to fight on, even without Floyd Mayweather across the ring or HBO in...

New Miss America begins reign with Atlantic City...

Sep 12, 2016

The newly crowned Miss America has begun her reign with a romp in the Atlantic City surf, hours...

Dwyane Wade bikes with police to promote unity in...

Sep 17, 2016

Dwyane Wade still plans to do plenty of talking about the need for societal change, a quest that...

Sign up now!

About Us

In The Headline sought to bring professionalism back into journalism, bringing you only the most exclusive and the most impactive news from all over the globe.

Contact us: sales[at]intheheadline.com