Michael Conlan’s second world featherweight title challenge ended in disappointment after he was stopped by IBF champion Luis Alberto Lopez in the fifth round.
Conlan, who challenged for the WBA crown that ended in defeat to Leigh Wood just over a year ago, is trying to overtake the Mexican at home at Belfast’s SSE Arena.
But 31-year-old coach Adam Booth gave up after Lopez dropped him onto the canvas with a left hook and top right hook.
Conlan, who received medical attention after the stoppage, later tweeted: “I’m good guys. Haven’t been in the races, can’t seem to continue and have paid the price for it.
“Congratulations to Lopez on a great performance. I wish you all the best for the future champion. Thanks for the opportunity.”
“Thanks to everyone who reached out and good luck. I can’t reply to all of you but I appreciate it!
“For now I will take a break from social media to enjoy my family and decide on my next steps. Thanks again Belfast for a great atmosphere and turnout! Love MC x.”
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Conlan – who won a silver medal in flyweight at London 2012 before turning four later – looked strong in the second half, catching Lopez with a strong forehand.
But the momentum changed dramatically in the next round as Lopez unleashed a series of punches that sent Conlan up the bell.
Although Lopez slowed down a bit in the fourth round, he remained in control and a powerful header in the fifth round sent the challenger reeling leaving Booth with no choice but to end the match. .
Meanwhile, former IBF world champion Josh Warrington – who held the title until losing to Lopez in a split decision last December – has stated that he is keen to rematch.