Mick Conlan to make Big Apple return on major undercard


Mick Conlan will return to where it all began in his fifth professional fight this year.

It has been confirmed by The42.ie that the Belfast featherweight will feature on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko’s next fight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday December 9th, live on ESPN.

Conlan headlined the same venue back on St Patrick’s Day in his unprecedented pro debut where he packed out the venue and stopped Tim Ibarra in three rounds, live on UniMás.

Ukrainian maestro Vasyl Lomachenko headlines this time around, and the WBO super featherweight champ looks set to face another former amateur all-time great in Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.

While Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez this weekend in Las Vegas has been dubbed the biggest fight in boxing, Lomachenko v Rigondeaux is perhaps the best fight in boxing, pitting two of the most technically gifted fighters in the sport against each other. Between them they have won four Olympic golds, four World Championships golds, and two Continental Championships golds.

It will be Conlan’s fifth pro fight in nine months, with his ledger reading New York, Chicago, Brisbane, Tucson, New York.

However, before the Irishman can focus on this major bill and fight number five, he must first get fight number four out of the way.

The 25 year old switch-hitter features on a Top Rank bill at the Tucson Convention Centre in Arizona on Friday September 22nd where he will face Montana fighter Kenny Guzman [3(1)-0]. This fight comes as the opening televised, via ESPN, bout on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez v Jessie Hart and Oscar Valdez v Genesis Servania world title doubleheader.

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