Mick Conlan’s Irish debut taking shape

Mick Conlan has not yet made his debut as a professional, but plans are already in place for a massive homecoming show later this year

The 25 year old signed a record-breaking promotional contract with American giant Top Rank, and has relocated to California and ‘The Rock Gym’ under trainer Manny Robles.

The Irishman debuts on St Patrick’s Day at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, topping the bill in a fight against Tim Ibarra, and he will be back fighting in his homeland soon.

Conlan has a condition written into his contract Bob Arum’s outfit that he must fight at least once a year back in Ireland or the UK – and an Irish debut date had been initially mooted for August. However, it now looks as though the super bantamweight’s highly-anticipated return will take place at the end of the year.

Irish-Boxing.com have been reliably informed that Conlan’s homecoming will take place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in late November or early December. The West Belfast fighter will top the bill and it is hoped that, should his first few fights go to plan, he will challenge for his first professional title on the bill.

The bill would most likely also feature a number of the Falls Road man’s MTK managerial stablemates, including brother Jamie and best friend Paddy Barnes.

As a personal added bonus, the fight date would facilitate Conlan spending Christmas at home with his extended family and friends.

The card would, assumedly, be broadcast by BT Sport who are understood to be airing Conlan’s debut next month.

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