Mick Conlan promises that pro debut will be “something you’ve never seen before”

The press conference to formally announce the professional debut of Mick Conlan took place this morning at Madison Square Garden’s Chase Square in New York City, and the Belfast super bantamweight is promising something special for when he returns to the venue.

Conlan will debut at the O’Mecca of Boxing on Friday March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, and the Top Rank prospect has big plans to make it a special occasion inside and outside of the ring.

As has been previously said, Conlan will be walked into the ring by UFC superstar Conor McGregor, and the super bantamweight already has an army of over 1,000 fans making the trip to the Big Apple for the fight.

The Ulster fighter, who will face Colorado’s Tim Ibarra in a six-round bout to start off, spoke today of an elaborate ring entrance and all-round event when he steps between the ropes in two months time.

Conlan described how “come March 17th, it’s going to be special.”

“The debut is going to be something else. The entrances, everything that happens, it’s going to be something you’ve never seen before. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The 2015 World Amateur champion has lofty ambitions for his time in the pros, and predicted that “the journey’s going to be a good one. I’m planning to win world titles in the super bantamweight division, the featherweight division, and the super featherweight division.”

“I truly believe in my ability. I’m a fighter who speaks with complete confidence at all times. No matter who’s in front of me, no matter what day it is, no one’s going to beat me. I feel that with Top Rank and with Matthew Macklin behind me, we’re going all the way to the top.”

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