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Watch Michael Conlan's Pro Debut Press Conference In New York

 

 

Ireland's 2016 Olympic hero will be making his professional boxing debut in the same venue where former Olympic boxing greats like Evander Holyfield and George Foreman made theirs-Madison Square Garden.

Rio Games Olympic Bronze medalist Michael Conlan will headline a special card at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day. He will be fighting little known Tim Ibarra in a six-round junior featherweight contest on March 17th at the 'O Mecca of Boxing'. To add more Irish flavor, mixed martial arts superstar and UFC two division champion Conor McGregor has accepted the invitation to walk Conlan into the ring. The event and details were formalized today in a press conference held by Top Rank Promotions in New York.

Said Conlan:

"I'm honoured and privileged to make my professional boxing debut in the Mecca of Boxing that is Madison Square Garden, fighting in the world's most famous arena in my professional debut on St. Patrick's Day. It is something I never dreamed would be possible. But thanks to my team and Top Rank, it's happening. I'm truly grateful for the opportunity and I hope to make St Paddy's Day Weekend at The Garden an annual event! I have the hopes of a nation behind me and I can't wait to go out and put on a performance for Ireland on St Patrick's Day!"

Conlan captured world headlines  when he controversially flashed his 'middle fingers' to the judges after losing his quarterfinal bout to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in protest of a questionable decision. Majority of pundits thought Conlan won that bout and applauded the youngter for taking a stand against alleged the 'corruption' in amateur boxing. Conlan then decided to go pro he was subsequently signed by Top Rank's Bob Arum.

Watch the full press conference right here:

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