Michael Conlan has confirmed he plans to drop down to super-bantamweight and fight for a World title before the end of 2019.
Conlan moved to 11-0 following his dismantling of Ruben Hernandez Garcia in Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day and has now outlined his plans to drop from featherweight to super-bantamweight and fight for a World title before the year is out.
The move would see Conlan drop from nine stone (126lbs) to eight stone, 10 pounds (122lbs) but the Belfast boxer maintains it would be a safe and easy cut for him to make.
Speaking to the Irish News, Conlan explained that he has gone through various medical testing in order to ensure he can make the weight in a healthy way.
“I’ve done Dexa (bone density) and bodyweight scans and in terms of muscle mass I’m well capable of getting down to 122lbs in a healthy way and I’d still have 10 per cent body fat.
“Whether or not it’s different when you actually do it is going to be the test but it’s something we’re going to have to try. I could have weighed 124lbs for the last one so I think I will weigh-in for the next one at 124lbs.
“That will be a target because we have spoken to Top Rank and there are opportunities there for fighting for a world title before the end of the year if I can get down.”
Conlan confirmed that he will indeed stay at featherweight for his next bout which is thought to be in June before stepping down a weight class in the hope of challenging one of the current World champions at super-bantamweight, one of which is Laois native, TJ Doheny.
“I would be absolutely huge at super-bantam,” Conlan told the Irish News.
“By the time I’m in the ring to fight at featherweight I’m a welterweight, so if I’m going in like that fighting super-bantamweights I’ll have a bit of an advantage.
“I’ll go 124lbs for this one and see how I get on, I don’t have to make it right away but just to know that I can get there is the test for me. I’ll stay at 126lbs for the next one (in August) and once I get that out of the way I’ll drop down.”