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US return looms for Michael Conlan

The former world amateur champion took another step towards titles by outclassing former world title challenger Adeilson dos Santos in front of a deafening SSE Arena on June 30.

As he awaits news of his next assignment back in the US – where all but his most recent of fights have taken place – Conlan feels prepared.

He said: “It’s not going to be hard to adjust to going back to the States. I boxed all around the world as an amateur.

“Back then I saw the full spectrum. I boxed in the Olympics and then in much smaller competitions with hardly anyone there. I know how to adjust.

“Venues, atmospheres – they all change. This game is a business and a lot of my business is going to be based in the US. It’s a different feeling to boxing in Belfast.

“Looking back on my last fight, as always, I’m critical of myself. I would have liked to have got him out of there but we worked on some new things, which was good.

“This kind of performance will set me up for the bigger fights. I wanted to set my feet more and throw harder shots but I was able to do my new things in a real fight against a proper opponent.”