Exclusive: Mick Conlan confirms pro debut, heads straight to six rounds

Phil Jay 18/10/2016
Michael Conlan

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Irish amateur sensation Mick Conlan has informed WBN his pro debut will take place at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 17.

The 24 year-old reigning World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist turned professional with Top Rank last month and is set to make the St. Patrick’s Day date official on home soil later this month.

“Everything will be confirmed by Top Rank at the press conference in Belfast on the 28th but my pro debut will take place in New York on March 17 at Madison Square Garden,” Conlan exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I’m skipping past four rounds and going straight into a six rounder as I’m used to doing five rounds at a fast pace in World Series of Boxing,” he added.

Conlan caused a stir at the recent Olympic Games in Rio with what many saw as a warranted reaction to a shocking judging decision against him in the quarter-finals, which ultimately cost him a medal and possibly even the gold.

The Belfast man vowed never to don the amateur vest again and is now set for an assault on the world ranks beginning with a 2017 outing that will see the Irish out in force in the ‘Big Apple’ next year.

Tipped by new promoter Arum as not only a future world champion but as a star of the company, Conlan has everything in place for a busy New Year, with up to six or more outings in the pipeline in order to hit the ground running.