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Bob Arum: “We want only quality. Conlan is quality”

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Top Rank chief Bob Arum believes that Michael Conlan is “something special.”

It was announced last night that, in a record-breaking deal, Conlan will link up with the US giant for his assault on the pro game following a decorated amateur career.

The legendary boxing promoter has instantly taken a liking to the charismatic Belfast man and feels that he is going to become a star Stateside

Speaking to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Arum described how Conlan “is something special.”

“There’s something about this kid. He has a lovely personality and, obviously, based on what my matchmakers say, he has ability, which is what counts.”

“As far as his personality, he lights up the room.”

“The fans are going to love this kid. I’m going to hit all the Irish cities — New York, Boston and over in Ireland also.”

Arum stressed that Top Rank are one of the World leaders and are therefore very particular about who they sign.

The 84 year old noted how “we’re not crazy, so we’re not running after a million guys,”

“We want only quality. Conlan is quality.”

“In the old days, we had to run after people, and now they run to us because of our reputation.”

“They know we know how to build a fighter into a superstar.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie