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‘And were back’ Michael Conlan reveals comeback date

Michael Conlan  [16(8)-1(1)] is back in camp getting ready for an August return.

The Olympic medal winner is keen to get back on the horse after his dramatic WBA regular world title defeat to Leigh Wood [26(16)-2910] in March and expects to fight again as soon as August 6.

The Belfast feather hinted as much online yesterday, posting a picture of himself in the gym stating he was ‘back’ and hinting at an early August return.

Conlan has been open about wanting an immediate rematch with Wood and rumour suggests there were positive talks with regard to making that happen.

However, August 6 screams Feile and it appears the fighter who was one round away from fulfilling his world title dream last time out will top a bill during the West Belfast festival this coming summer.

That in turn suggests the Wood rematch won’t happen next, as that was being eyed for the City Ground in Nottingham. European Champion Jordan Gill was a name mentioned by Jamie Conlan and would fit the bill perfectly, while there has been talk of a former world champion proving opposition, prompting people to mention Isac Dogboe among others.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com