Michael Conlan’s first pro fight confirmed for MSG

The 24-year-old has been the talk of Irish boxing since the Rio Olympics.

It has been announced that Michael Conlan’s professional debut will take place in Madison Square garden, New York on St. Patrick’s day.

Conlan’s decision to turn pro has been well documented, after a controversial decision loss to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin at this summer’s Rio Olympics led the fighter to walk away from amateur boxing.

Top Rank took a chance on the massively talented, but at times controversial character, signing him up to a multi-year deal and even promising a bout on Irish shores.

Today, Top Rank (who also have boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on their books) have announced that Conlan has been penciled in for a super-bantamweight fight on the 17th March, with his opponent yet to be announced.

The decision to have the Belfast-native take part in his first pro event on St. Patrick’s day is a clever one, playing on the patriotic nature of the Irish people in a bid to attract a large crowd.

They will hope for a similar level of hype to that surrounding Conor McGregor, where Irish fans come together in numbers to either pay to watch the fight on TV or travel to America to witness it live.

The pair are actually notably similar in a lot of ways, never afraid to speak their minds yet having the undoubted talent to back it up.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum told RingTV.com that ‘thousands of people are going to be flying in from Ireland to New York to watch it‘.

He’s probably right. Any excuse for a party, right?


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