Michael Conlan set for professional fight on St Patricks day 2017

The Belfast born boxer has signed professional terms with one of the largest promoters, Top Rank. The Las Vegas outfit, who also represent Manny Pacquiao, are run by Bob Arum.

The deal was announced via twitter last night with the bantamweight tweeting “It’s done! #TopRank”.

The announcement comes after Conlan made it clear that he felt he had no choice but to leave the amateur circuit following his controversial exit from the recent Olympic Games in Rio.

The welcome news sees the end of what has been a turbulent month for the diminutive fighter from the Falls Road.

The 2012 bronze medallist was hoping, and was confident of taking home gold before being eliminated under dubious circumstances by Vladimir Nikitin. The judges awarded the fight to the bloodied and bruised Russian despite the Irishman looking comfortable throughout and landing the better of the punches.

After that fight the 24 year old maligned the judges and the sport by saying:

“They’re paying everybody. Amateur boxing stinks from the core right to the top.”

Whilst also adding: “I’m not a loser, I’m a winner – and today just shows how corrupt this organisation is”.

This latest news will not come as a shock as Conlan made his intentions clear two weeks ago when he appeared on the Late Late Show, stating that he was not looking at the next Olympics in Tokyo and that negotiations to sign professional were ongoing:

“I’m finished with amateur boxing. I wouldn’t waste another four years of my life. I’m in talks with a lot of people, I have a lot of offers but that is all I can say at the moment”.

The Las Vegas promotion also represent welterweight Jessie Vargas and featherweight, Christopher Diaz.

His debut, will be  in the States and where better to kick off his pro career than New York on a special weekend for all Irish.


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