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Mick Conlan refuses to ‘lick’ absent Eddie Hearn’s arse

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Mick Conlan has revealed that Eddie Hearn is one of the few major promoters in World boxing who was not clamouring for his signature following the Rio Olympics.

The Belfast talent on Monday joined up with US giant Top Rank after weeks of speculation. In the process the super bantamweight is said to have pocketed a $1,000,000 signing-on fee.

Manager Matthew Macklin told Ciaran Gallagher that the Bob Arum-led company “blew everybody out of the water” in terms of the deal offered. Indeed the water was seemingly packed beforehand before Top Rank’s too-good-to-turn-down approach.

Conlan told RTÉ 2FM’s Game On that “all the top promoters were at my door.”

“Frank Warren, Richard Schaefer and Al Haymon, Golden Boy and then Lou DiBella.”

“There was a lot in America, it was America mostly.”

One promoter who however did not make contact was Matchroom, and Conlan noted how “Eddie Hearn didn’t come round, but he only likes to wait on fighters to come to him so he has the upper hand.”

“I’m not one of them guys who go and like to lick arse.”

Regardless of who was interested, the 24 year old stressed that he is delighted with his final destination and described how “I’m with the best stable in boxing in Top Rank.”

“Every fighter they take from the Olympics seems to be successful.”

“They bring in amateurs and turn them into World champions.”

“I’m happy to be with the team.”

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