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Mick Conlan confirms weight change as pro career heats up

Mick Conlan [3(3)-0] has made a slight adjustment to his plans for world domination.

The 2015 World Amateur champion has turned pro with American promotional giant Top Rank and has scored three third round stoppages this year.

However, after a period of adjusting to the pro game under Manny Robles at The Rock Gym in LA, Conlan has decided to campaign at a higher weight than he had originally planned.

The Belfast boxer had initially planned to begin his world title assault in the super bantamweight (122lbs/55.3kg) division. This weight was slightly below the bantamweight class (123.5lbs/56kg) he campaigned at in the amateurs. It was Conlan’s dream to start here en-route to becoming a three-weight world champion.

Conlan weighed in at 122.75lbs for his debut, 123.5lbs for his second fight, and 125.25lbs for his third fight.

However, following these learning fights, the 25 year old has made the decision to focus on claiming his first world title in the featherweight division (126lbs/57.2kg).

Conlan confirmed the switch to Irish-Boxing.com today ahead of his fourth professional fight on Friday September 22nd at the Tuscon Convention Centre in Arizona.

The change perhaps makes a future fight with Top Rank stablemate Shakur Stevenson [3(1)-0] more likely.

The U.S. silver medalist, still only 20 years old, turned pro at featherweight and it initially looked as though their careers may not have align – with Stevenson likely to move up through the weights as his body develops

However, with both now at featherweight, the possibly of the pair meeting down the line has increased.

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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