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Michael Conlan wins first professional belt by beating Jason Cunningham at the Manchester Arena

Michael Conlan wins the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan wins the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Olympic medallist Michael Conlan won the first title of his professional career tonight when beating Jason Cunningham in a WBO Inter-Continental Featherweight scrap in Manchester.

On the undercard of the Carl Frampton showdown, Conlan won easily enough, 97-92 according to two judges and 98-92 on the third card.

It was the tenth win of Conlan's still-young professional career and while there is a long road to travel to a world title bout yet, Conlan showed in this one that he is learning the pro game - slowly but surely adding punching power to the superb boxing technique that carried him so far in amateur boxing.

While his opponent wasn't without joy in an open fight, Conlan was stronger throughout and deservedly secured his first professional title as he extended his unbeaten run to a perfect ten.

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