Mick Conlan will make his debut in New York on St Patrick’s Day next year and it already looks like it will be the biggest debut in Irish boxing history.
The former amateur star has turned pro with Top Rank following a glittering career in the vest, and will headline his own debut card in the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday March 17th.
Giving the Belfast super bantamweight the headline slot for a six-round debut is a huge vote of confidence from Top Rank, but Conlan looks to be repaying that already – and is set to bring an army of fans with him across the Atlantic for a card which is hoped will feature other Irish talent.
Last week Conlan, who looks on course to achieve crossover stardom in Ireland the coming years, agreed with UFC superstar Conor McGregor for ‘The Notorious’ to carry the Irish flag for his first pro ringwalk – and the Dubliner will have plenty of Irish company on the night.
Speaking last night on the popular Boxing Asylum podcast, Conlan revealed that, over three months out, he already has over 900 confirmed fans from Belfast that will be travelling across the Atlantic for the fight at the intimate 5,500-seater venue.
The number of fans is a phenomenal figure for a pro debut, never mind one which will take place 5,000 kilometres away for most fans.
By way of comparison, approximately 1,500 fans travelled from Ireland and the UK for Carl Frampton’s WBA featherweight title fight with Leo Santa Cruz during the Summer.
With more supporters sure to be booking tickets over Christmas, especially with the potential crossover with Katie Taylor who fights the following night at the Madison Square Garden Arena, as well as the large Irish-American population on the US East Coast, it looks like there is going to be a fantastic Irish atmosphere in the Big Apple next March.
Watch this week’s Boxing Asylum podcast in full below: