Conor McGregor to lead Mick Conlan into the ring for Madison Square Garden debut

Mick Conlan will have some special Irish sporting company when he takes to the ring for his pro debut in March.
The Belfast super bantam will make his paid bow in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York on St Patrick’s Day, and will be led into the ring by UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Conlan and McGregor have struck up a friendship over the past year, with Conlan even setting up sparring for ‘The Notorious’ with Newry southpaw Conor Wallace ahead of his rematch with Nate Diaz during the Summer.

McGregor was in Belfast this evening for a meet-and-greet event at the Devenish Venue where he was reacquainted with Conlan and agreed to feature at the 25 year old’s debut.

The Crumlin mixed martial artist will carry the Irish flag into the ring before the former amateur star’s first fight, which will headline the Top Rank card at the atmospheric venue.

The news comes one day following McGregor becoming licensed to box by the California State Athletic Commission.

McGregor last month headlined the Madison Square Garden Arena, where he claimed the UFC lightweight title, and became a two-division champ with the organisation, following a second round knockout of Eddie Alvarez.

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