RTÉ to return to pro boxing for Mick Conlan’s debut

Some massive news for Irish boxing has emerged this afternoon.

State broadcaster RTÉ are to make their long-awaited return to professional boxing this month.

The station has not featured professional boxing since the Willie Casey v Guillermo Rigondeaux clash back in 2011.

The man to bring them back? None other than Belfast superstar Mick Conlan.

The 2015 World gold medalist makes his professional debut, and headlines a Top Rank bill, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day.

The massive debut fight against Tim Ibarra will be shown live in Ireland on BoxNation/BT Sport and in America on UniMas.

However it has been confirmed today that full highlights of Conlan’s debut will be shown terrestrially the following evening [Saturday, March 18th] on RTÉ2.

The highlights will come following the big 6 Nations rugby match between Ireland and England and are sure to attract a large amount of viewers to see Conlan begin his pro journey.

The broadcaster announced that Darragh Maloney will be joined by Bernard Dunne and Jim Rock for highlights at 8.00pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

Credit also to Kevin Byrne of the Irish Sun who pre-empted the official announcement earlier today.

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