Fourth pro opponent confirmed for Mick Conlan


An opponent has been confirmed for Mick Conlan‘s fourth professional fight.

Conlan [3(3)-0] opens the televised portion of Top Rank’s big world title double header on ESPN at the Tucson Convention Centre in Arizona on Friday September 22nd.

Here the Belfast featherweight will face unbeaten Montana boxer Kenny Guzman [3(1)-0] in what will be his fourth six rounder.

The Kalispell fighter started boxing aged 20 and won the Montana State Golden Gloves in 2011. Turning pro last year he has gone three unbeaten.

In his most recent bout, this April, Guzman scored a four-round points win as the away fighter against Roxie Lam in Calgary, Canada.

The 30 year old is around the same level as Conlan’s previous foes, if not maybe a slight step up.

The Irish boxer debuted in New York in March against Tim Ibarra, who had a solid amateur record. Headlining his second successive show in May in Chicago, Conlan took something of a step down to take on Mexican spoiler Alfredo Chanez. In his third fight, on the Pacquiao-Horn undercard in Brisbane, Conlan faced Queensland champion and Australian title challenger Jarrett Owen.

All of Conlan’s three wins thus far have resulted in third round stoppage wins for the California-based 25 year old.

Since his win over Owen, the Manny Robles-trained fighter has confirmed that he is to abandon plans to campaign at super bantamweight and will compete in the featherweight division going forward.

The card in two weeks time sees Conlan’s stablemate at The Rock Gym, Oscar Valdez, defend his WBO featherweight title against Genesis Servania, while WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez defends his brown belt against Jessie Hart.

The undercard also features Felix Verdejo, Alex Saucedo, and Lenny Zappavigna.

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Joe O'Neill

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