However, the Top Rank prospect better hope the same bouncer that manned the door for the afterparty to his debut win in New York last March 17th isn’t on duty this time round.
After defeating Tim Ibarra in front of a packed out crowd at The Theater at Madison Square Garden crowd and getting off the mark in one of the most high profile pro debuts of recent times, Conlan – whose face was plastered all over central New York – went to celebrate with family and fans at Jack Demseys bar.
However, an unaware bouncer stopped him at the door of his own official afterparty.
Conlan explained on the popular Mike Safo Podcast, recorded at the aforementioned bar, how despite arriving at a venue specifically booked to help celebrate his unique debut – he was initially denied entry.
“I came up to the door after I won on St Patrick’s Day last year. I was in [Jack Demsey’s Bar] and I was trying to get into the VIP area on the third floor, the next floor up.”
“[The bouncer] was like, ‘No, you can’t go up, sorry,’ and I was like, ‘… it’s my afterparty!'”
“He was like, ‘no, no, no – you can’t get up.’ I was like, ‘it’s my afterparty.’ He said, ‘No. Sorry, there’s no more room. It’s packed up. You can’t come up.'”
A Conlan fan produced a t-shirt with the boxers face emblazoned on it but still the bouncer wasn’t for turning until a superior showed up.
The Falls Road puncher laughed at how “he still didn’t believe me!”
“In the end [the manager] showed up and said ‘what are you playing at you header?'”
Conlan’s afterparty will again take place at Jack Demsey’s off Times Square – however the Belfast featherweight will first have to negotiate the challenge of Hungarian David Berna.
His first eight-rounder, it will also be the 26-year-old’s first bout under new trainer Adam Booth
Listen to Mick Conlan’s interview on the Mike Safo Podcast in full below: