Michael Conlan looks set to return to his native Belfast for the second time in his career later this year.
It has been reported that Conlan looks set to fight in an outdoor arena as part of Féile an Phobail, a yearly festival which takes place in west Belfast.
As of yet, Conlan’s opponent as not been announced but it is thought that Russia’s Vladamir Nikitin, the man who controversially defeated the Irish man at the Rio Olympics in 2016, is currently in the frame.
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,” Conlan told Pundit Arena.
“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.”
If the undefeated 11-0 fighter’s wish is granted, the fight looks set to take place somewhere between August 1-11 as that is when Féile an Phobail is set to take place.