Boxing

Michael Conlan focused on professional home debut next summer

Michael Conlan says he is "100 per cent" confident he'll headline a Belfast bill in June next year
Andy Watters

MICHAEL Conlan is “100 per cent” confident that he’ll make his long-awaited home debut in Belfast next summer.

Conlan is so certain he’ll be the headline act on an SSE Arena spectacular in June that he has warned he “won’t box ever again” if promoters Top Rank fail to make the fight happen.

“It’s 100 per cent I’ll be home and if it doesn’t happen I won’t be boxing ever again – that’s how confident I am,” said the west Belfast super-bantamweight who will bring down the curtain on his first year as a professional at New York boxing Mecca Madison Square Garden on Saturday night when he takes on Luis Fernando Molina.

“It’s in my contract so it has to happen. I’m 100 per cent sure it will happen next June in Belfast at the Odyssey.”

Conlan’s homecoming means Belfast boxing fans can look forward to an action-packed summer in 2018 because Carl Frampton is also intent on fighting in his home city. ‘The Jackal’ recently reiterated his ambition to headline a show at Windsor Park and promoter Frank Warren is fully behind the plan.

But before any of that, Conlan has to attend to business in New York as part of a star-studded undercard on a bill topped by the super-featherweight mega-fight between global pound-for-pound stars Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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