It was confirmed on Wednesday that London Olympic bronze medallist and Rio Olympic victim Michael Conlan will return to the ring on May 26th.
The much ballyhooed super-bantamweight prospect made his pro debut on St. Patrick’s Day inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden, stopping Denver journeyman Tim Ibarra in the third round. His performance was a solid one, though he looked a little overeager to force the finish at times, but the event itself was a smashing success. Few debuting former Olympians have created such a buzz stateside in recent years and there was an electrifying atmosphere in MSG’s so-called small room when Conlan made his entrance alongside UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor – not to mention, when he ascended the ropes following his victory.
The 25-year-old Belfast native’s star potential was immediately apparent.
Having already wowed fans in New York, a city with a huge Irish-American population, the Conlan show will head to another town which has long been home to a great number of Irish emigrants and their descendants – Chicago. The city’s UIC Pavilion will host the fight.
Bob Arum says Mick Conlan will fight in Chicago on May 26th at the UIC Pavilion…. #boxing
— Back to Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) April 19, 2017
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) April 19, 2017
As of yet, no opponent has been named.