The identity of Mick Conlan‘s debut opponent has been revealed.
The former amateur star has turned pro with Top Rank and will debut on St Patrick’s Day at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Despite the fight being over eight weeks away, an opponent for Conlan, who will turn pro at super bantamweight, has been confirmed. Colorado’s Tim Ibarra [4(1)-4(2)] will be the man in the opposite corner on Friday March 17th.
Ibarra last fought in December, being outpointed by unbeaten Philly prospect Jose Gonzalez over four rounds and will certainly be fit and ready for the Conlan clash.
The Belfast boxer has relocated to The Rock Gym in Carson, California for his pro career where, alongside former Irish team mate Jason Quigley, he will be trained by Manny Robles.
Ibarra will be a familiar foe for Robles, who was in the corner when his son, Manny Robles Jr, knocked the journeyman out in the first round back in 2012.
H/T to Kane Clarke for unearthing the news.
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