Dream debut for Barrow boxer Liam Conroy
Last updated at 14:55, Monday, 25 June 2012
“ONE Liam Conroy, there’s only one Liam Conroy.” The chant filled the air of the Reebok Centre, Bolton.
It was Friday night – fight night – and hundreds of boxing fans had just witnessed a terrific professional debut by the 19-year-old rookie from Barrow Amateur Boxing Club.
The bill-topping contest at Coldwell Boxing’s Viva La Vicious show at De Vere Whites – Kieran Farrell against Joe Elfidh for the Central Area Lightweight crown – had yet to come.
But the Barrow barmy army, who had travelled south down the M6 in horrendous conditions, had seen what they had come to see – Liam Conroy producing a performance to live up to the massive potential he has shown during his progression through the junior and amateur ranks.
Any of his family, friends or Brook Street gym mates who were concerned about first-fight nerves or the enormity of the occasion, need not have worried.
Conroy’s first foray into the pro game couldn’t have gone any better.
His bout against Danny Brown of Essex was the penultimate contest of the six-fight show – not first on the undercard as many people had expected – and as well as giving him extra time to prepare, this served to increase anticipation and excitement among the Furness contingent.
It was gone 10pm when the name Liam “The Terminator” Conroy was announced at a professional boxing show for the first time. He arrived ringside to a standing ovation from his followers, with the Reebok Centre echoing to the sounds of “Liam, Liam.”
And the 11st 9lbs teenager started as if he meant business against his slightly heavier and more experienced opponent, with some fine combinations putting him firmly in the driving seat in the four-round contest.
The first glimpse of Conroy’s finishing power was witnessed in the second round, when he left his 35-year-old opponent in trouble on the ropes with a couple of stinging left hand shots.
Conroy struck again in the third round with a great combination.
He was in control and heading for victory – the only question was, could he finish the job in the fourth and final round?
The answer was an emphatic yes, as Conroy lived up his “Terminator” nickname 53 seconds in, his brutal left hand sending Brown on to the canvas. He arose groggily at the count of eight, but the game was up and the referee had seen enough.
Conroy – grinning from ear to ear – saluted his fans, consoled the gutsy Brown and was congratulated by his corner men, Barrow ABC head coach Jeff Moses, and Damian Jones of Astley Boxing Club.
He had announced his arrival into the world of professional boxing in clinical fashion, sending his fans home happy and winning admirers from far and wide.
After a job well done, Conroy can look forward to a well-earned rest and a holiday – before the hard work begins again ahead of his next bout in September.
l Hopefully footage of Conroy’s debut heroics will be shown on Sky Sports’ Ringside show on Thursday evening.
First published at 13:22, Monday, 25 June 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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