Online boxing records database Boxrec have confirmed that Ireland’s Michael Conlan will face unbeaten American Kenny Guzman on September 22nd at the Convention Center in Tuscon, Arizona.
In his three pro bouts thus far, Conlan has struggled to show his true class against journeymen with spoiler mentalities. After his second outing in the paid ranks, a May bout against Mexico’s Alfredo Chanez, the London Olympic bronze medalist and former world amateur champion expressed his frustration with the conduct of his awkward opponent.
“It’s my first time in against a guy who was completely negative and trying to survive from the start and complaining about nothing at times but it’s a part of the pro game when you fight these type of guys,” said Conlan. “They are there to try and make you look bad and there to survive. I’m not happy with my performance, I’ll say it right now. But it is what it is.”
Conlan added, however, that he expected his next opponent to show a bit more ambition and test more than just his patience.
Unfortunately, Australia’s own Jarrett Owen gave the Belfast boxer yet another frustrating night when the pair squared off in Brisbane in July, as he forced Conlan to chase him around the ring for several rounds before eventually succumbing to a barrage of punches.
Sporting an identical record to Conlan, 3-0, Guzman should theoretically have more confidence and ambition than Owen, Chanez and Conlan’s debut opponent Tim Ibarra. The 30-year-old is coming off something of an upset win as well, as he earned a unanimous decision over 7-2 hometown favourite Roxie Lam in Calgary on April 1st.
Also on the Tucson card are Conlan’s promotional stablemates, Gilberto Ramirez(35-0) and Oscar Valdez(22-0). Ramirez defends his WBO super-middleweight title against Philadelphia’s unbeaten Jesse Hart(22-0), while two-time Olympian Valdez defends his WBO featherweight title against another unbeaten fighter in Genesis Servania.