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Mick Conlan in talks with numerous big promoters

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Mick Conlan is considering offers from a number of big promoters as he looks to put his Rio disappointment behind him and embark on the next chapter of his boxing journey.

The decorated Belfast man won Olympic bronze, World gold, Commonwealth gold, and European gold and silver throughout his time in the amateur game.

The Clonard ABC man was denied the chance to add a second Olympic medal to his trophy cabinet last month in Brazil when he was harshly adjudged to have lost his bantamweight quarter final to Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

However, his undoubtedly huge talent and his now-famous post-fight interview have ensured that Conlan was the biggest boxing story to emerge from the Games, and placed him top of the wishlists of numerous promoters.

Back from Rio now nearly two weeks, the 24 year old revealed on RTÉ1’s The Late Late Show last night that his final destination is yet to be decided.

Conlan described how “I am in talks with a few people, I have got a lot of offers.”

Eddie Hearn’s Sky Sports-backed Matchroom Promotions are thought to be in pole position, while Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions have had a long and well-documented interest in the switch-hitter. Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, who promote Conlan’s brother and Commonwealth super flyweight champion Jamie, are also though to be interested. Additionally there have been some internet murmurings that Bob Arum’s Top Rank will sign the Irishman, although the validity of these claims are questionable.

Conlan’s ambitions once he turns pro are suitably grand, and he promised to use his Olympic heartbreak as a motivator, and explained to host Ryan Tubridy that the disappointment and injustice “will be the driving force in my career, a catalyst to me becoming a World champion and the greatest fighter Ireland has ever had.”

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