Michael Conlan [16(8)-1(1)] is confident he will go straight back into the world title mix once he secures victory at the SSE Arena this weekend.
Conlan takes on three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriaga [30(26)-5(1)] on the top of a stacked card on Saturday, August 6.
The fight will be his first since his dramatic defeat in a WBA regular world title fight with Leigh Wood – and he believes once he returns to winning ways he will be in the frame for a second tilt.
““I’m very excited to be back fighting in my beloved Belfast,” Conlan said. “Miguel is a great fighter, and together we’ll give the fans a memorable night at The SSE Arena. This bout will get me straight back in the mix for world titles, and I’m relishing the task at hand.”
Marriaga has been in with some big names and talented punchers and has competed at a higher level than the Olympic medal winner.
At 35 he may not be in his prime but it’s a more than respectable return fight and a dangerous one according to the fighter’s big brother and manager Jamie Conlan.
The CEO of Conlan Boxing: “The road back for Michael starts with Miguel Marriaga. Miguel is a dangerous man and one of the biggest punchers in the division who has mixed it up at the very top. August 6 will be another electric night in the city in what is becoming an annual Irish boxing tradition with Michael’s fight night at the Féile festival. The goal remains the same. Michael Conlan will be Ireland’s next world champion.”
Conlan tops a stacked card that features Tyrone McKenna v Chris Jenkins, Padraig McCrory v Marco Periban, and all-Irish clashes in James McGivern v Tony McGlynn and Colm Murphy v Ruadhan Farrell – not to mention an interesting Paddy Donovan v Tom Hill clash as well as fights for Sean McComb, Lewis Crocker, Kurt Walker, Kieran Molloy. Thomas Carty and Fearghus Quinn.