Bob Arum “privileged” to be a part of Mick Conlan’s pro career

Top Rank chief Bob Arum has backed new signing Michael Conlan to be “a superstar in the world of boxing.”

The Belfast super bantamweight flew to America this week to begin training at The Rock Gym in Carson, California, for his professional debut.

Next week Conlan will jet back across the country for a press conference with Arum in New York to formerly announce his debut fight which will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday March 17th.

The six-round fight at the ‘O’Mecca’ of boxing will be, according to Arum, the start of a long and entertaining career for Conlan and one which the veteran feels “privileged” to be a part of

Arum was speaking last night on RTÉ 2FM’s Game On, and the 85 year old described how “I’m really excited to begin the professional boxing career of Michael Conlan. He’s a wonderful personality, a great talent, I think he’s going to bring a lot of excitement to the sport of boxing.”

“Michael Conlan, I really believe is going to be a superstar in the world of boxing, and we’re privileged at Top Rank to be a part of that venture. It’s great that we start his career in Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day Evening. The place will be packed.”

“I can’t wait to bring Michael back to Dublin or Belfast as well, I promise that we’re going to have him cross the Pond. He’s a great, great kid and a credit to the Irish people.”

Joe O'Neill

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