Considering he was part of a High Performance set up that achieved unprecedented success, Michael Conlan knows what a golden era looks like- and the Top Rank fighter believes Irish boxing is on the cusp of a sensationally successful pro era.
With more pros and more shows than every there has been a bit of boxing revival of late, but when Conlan, who pushed his record to 3-0 with victory over Jarred Owen in Australia last weekend, hints at a possible ‘golden era’ in the pro ranks he is addressing quality more than quantity.
The Belfast super bantamweight claims Carl Frampton leads the way but suggests a number of Belfast fighters are set to follow in his footsteps and could become stars at the same time.
“If you look at it, the golden era of Irish amateur boxing has probably ended. People might not want to see it that way but if you look at the pro ranks now, you can see the amount of top fighters there,” said Conlan.
“Carl has been leading the way, he has been the leading light and now everything seems to be coming together for a golden age. I’m making my way in the pro ranks, you’ve got Paddy (Barnes) who won the WBO European title in only his third fight, Ryan Burnett has become World champion and then you have guys like my brother Jamie who is close to a World title shot and Anthony Cacace has a British and Commonwealth title fight coming up.
“I really believe that with the amount of talent around, there’s going to be a lot of success in the pro game for many years to come.”