Mick Conlan’s Irish homecoming fight in doubt

Mick Conlan‘s Irish homecoming may have to wait.

The Belfast super bantamweight is promoted by U.S. giant Top Rank, but he and manager Matt Macklin ensured there was a clause in the contract that stated that Conlan fights at least one time a year in Britain or Ireland.

However, Conlan has revealed that he may not avail of this condition in 2017 citing the viability of himself, at this extremely early stage of his career, as a headliner with a ‘main event’ fight.

It had previously looked like the 2015 World Amateur Champion would return to his home city for a big show at the SSE Odyssey Arena in either the last week of November or the start of December, but there may be a change of plans.

Conlan, of course, wants to fight back home, and told U.S. boxing writer Steve Kim “that is the plan.”

“I’m not sure it’s going to happen this year because they want to have me as a main event. But we do have it under contract that we can have at least one fight a year in Ireland and it’s up to me whether I want to take it or not.”

The Irishman has raced to 3-0 as a pro with three knockouts, headlining shows in New York and Chicago before being one of the chief supports on the Pacquiao-Horn card in Brisbane.

Next up is another undercard appearance on Friday September 22nd at the Tuscon Convention Centre in Arizona. The card is headlined by a world title double header, with WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez defending against Jessie Hart and WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez defending against Genesis Servania, while Conlan features in his fourth six-round affair.

Outlining his plans, Conlan said “we’re going to have this one September 22nd and then I’ll have another one in the start of November and then another one in December. So I’m feeling good and staying active.”

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