He didn’t do much wrong in one of the most high profile debuts in Irish, if not World, boxing history, but both Mick Conlan’s coach and respected manager are predicting a much improved performance from the Belfast man when he returns to the paid ring this weekend.
The super bantamweight prospect tops another Top Rank card, live on UniMas, on Friday May 26th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
The fight date comes just over two months after his first fight, where Conlan headlined The Theater at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day in one of the biggest debuts ever seen.
While the atmosphere and occasion was stunning in New York, Conlan was not happy with his own performance against Tim Ibarra, rating it an ‘F.’
Both his coach Manny Robles, who also coaches Jason Quigley, and manager – two-time World title challenger Matthew Macklin – understand Conlan’s performance may have been somewhat hampered by debut nerves, especially when you consider the enormity of the occasion.
However, both are equally confident things will be different as bids to push to 2-0 against Mexican Alfredo Chanez [4(2)-4(0)].
“Michael is looking better and looking sharper in the gym. You will definitely see an even greater fighter in the ring in Chicago,” said Robles.
“Michael is eager to grow and learn each day. He understands his responsibility not only to his management and promoter but to his people and entire country.”
“He wants to become a world champion and make his country proud. It is my job to help get him there.”
“I’m really looking forward to Michael’s next fight in Chicago. His debut was a huge success and I’m sure he will be receiving a similar reception from the Irish community in Chicago and from the Chicago fight fans,” adds former Irish, British and European champ Macklin.
“Michael took a week off and was back in the gym sparring Jessie Magdaleno and working on all aspects of his game.”
“He’s very much a work in progress but he has all the talent in the world and is very dedicated. I expect him to settle down more in this fight and put on a great performance.”
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey speak to Jason Quigley on Episode 5 of The Irish Boxing Show: