London 2012 bronze medallist Michael Conlan will be a man on a mission for Italia Thunder against Puerto Rico Hurricanes in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) tomorrow night in Palermo.
Conlan and Paddy Barnes, a two-time Olympic medallist, will line out for Thunder versus the Hurricanes in Sicily.
Conlan narrowly lost his first WSB match this season to Azerbaijan’s Magomed Gurbanov of the Baku Fires in Azerbaijan earlier this month. The Italian side, who are still searching for their first win of the season, lost that match 4-1. Barnes was the only boxer to record a victory on the night.
Conlan meets Garibaldy Gomez, who KO’d Marek Pietrucauk, a team-mate of Ireland’s Steven Donnelly with the Poland Hussars, in his first WSB fight this month, tomorrow night at the Fiera del Mediterraneo venue in Palermo on Saturday.
Both Barnes and Conlan weighed in this morning, and Conlan, speaking from Palermo, will be looking to bounce back with a statement victory in his second WSB fight of the season.
He said: “I’m out here on a mission. I’ll be looking for a stoppage or to get as much points as possible,” said the current Commonwealth Games champion.
Barnes’ opponent for Saturday night has yet to be confirmed. Seventeen places for the Rio 2016 Olympics are directly up for grabs in the WSB this season.