Michael Conlan has today confirmed that he will face Vladamir Nikitin on August 16th at Falls Park, Belfast.
The Belfast boxer confirmed the news via Instagram on Tuesday. It was reported last week that Conlan would be returning to his home city to fight professionally for just the second time with Nikitin being touted as a potential opponent.
It has now been confirmed by Conlan himself that he will take on the man who controversially defeated him at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In March, the Belfast boxer spoke with Pundit Arena ahead of his first WBO Inter-Continental title defence against Ruben Garcia Hernandez stating his intent to face the Russian before the end of 2019 as it was ‘one he needed to get off his chest’.
“I feel that’s one I need to get off the chest and once I get that one out of the way I can continue on, and start to move on to bigger and better things,” said Conlan.
“I feel that the fight that I need for myself is the Nikitin fight but I’m obviously focused on Ruben Garcia Hernandez. My short term goal is the Nikitin fight in Belfast.”
Conlan revealed that he pushed for the fight and wanted it to take place in his home city.
“That’s basically in the works now for Belfast this year. That’s been the talk and that’s what I’ve asked for. It’s going in that direction as long as no one gets injured. Or he doesn’t slip up and lose in the meantime, it should happen in Belfast this summer.
“If we both win, I might have to fight in May again and then it should be August in Belfast.”