Don’t Worry – Mick Conlan will still be a regular on these shores

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Mick Conlan ended weeks of speculation tonight by confirming that he is to pursue a professional career under the promotional clout of Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

While the Clonard 24 year old has not gone with the likes of Eddie Hearn or Frank Warren, this does not mean that he will be ‘lost’ to America.

Conlan will not be going completely American, with Matt Macklin set to play a role in the guidance of the Belfast star’s career.

With Macklin’s Gym Marbella running numerous shows on this side of the Atlantic, it looks likely that we will see Conlan fight close to home rather than being an exclusively US-based fighter.

Indeed, if one looks at Top Rank’s history, they are a global boxing promoter rather than a solely American venture, with the Falcao brothers fighting regularly in Brazil and Zou Shiming boxing in his native China.

While Conlan’s exact arrangements are yet to be revealed, there is a chance that he may continue to be based in Ireland in the immediate future rather than relocating to America. However, with a boxing giant behind him and World titles seemingly in his destiny, an eventual move Stateside is a near inevitability.

Joe O'Neill

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