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Mick Conlan to box professionally in Ireland next year

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Mick Conlan will box as a professional in Ireland at some stage in 2017.

The Belfast man has joined forces with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, and they are planning a busy first year for the Belfast star.

2015 World Amateur Champion Conlan, who will box initially at super bantamweight, has been slated to make his debut at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s weekend.

Following his New York bow, Top Rank intend for Clonard fighter to box a further five times in 2017 – including a homecoming in Ireland.

US boxing scribe Steve Kim also revealed that Arum will use his extensive contacts with Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren to secure home fight dates for Conlan

Indeed an early return across the Atlantic could see a maiden title opportunity for the Falls Road man, who has previously stated his desire to win the British or European title inside four fights.

Top Rank plan for Conlan to fight primarily in America, and aim to build a large following among Irish-Americans and Irish immigrants Stateside, targeting the major Irish hubs in the country.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie