Exclusive: Arum discusses Conlan debut, weight and possible fights in China, UK and Ireland

Michael Conlan

Mikey Williams

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is happy to wait until 2017 to see new signing Mick Conlan in action after taking note of the Irishman’s request to stay out of the ring this year.

Red-hot amateur Conlan, 24, signed with Arum in a highly-publicised coup on Monday following a controversial exit from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games over the summer. Conlan was ousted in the quarter-final stage by a shocking judging decision having been the pre-tournament favourite to take the gold medal.

After dusting himself down, the current World and European amateur champion has decided to take a few months out, but could be set for some globe-trotting exploits when Conlan finally makes his debut in the New Year.

Speaking to WBN in the wake of signing one of the top prospects in world boxing, Arum was asked whether Conlan would feature predominantly in America despite huge demand for him in the UK and Ireland.

“It will depend, I think a lot in the United States but he’s a young fighter and he’s going to fight a lot of times, starting next year, probably six times a year.” Arum exclusively told World Boxing News.

“There are places for him to fight in the United States in towns that have a tremendous Irish population, like Boston, New York and also to fight back in Ireland in Dublin and Belfast.

“He could also fight in London, Birmingham and I wouldn’t be surprised if we do a fight for him occasionally in China, so I expect him to be fighting all over. Boxing has become a worldwide business.

“We arranged for his debut to be next year as he doesn’t want to fight this year and that will be either at 122 or 126,” he added.

Conlan was much courted by promotional organisations all over the world – but after opting for Arum’s Top Rank stable – can look forward to featuring on bills alongside the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko.