Since turning professional earlier this year there has been no looking back for Michael Conlan.
The Belfast native made a memorable debut in Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day with a stoppage victory and has since gone on to amass a 5-0 record.
Conlan is showing absolutely no intentions of slowing down his rise up the ladder in the sport, and is certainly not shy to voice his ambitions to climb to the very top of the game. He has his eyes on a massive fight with the man widely regarded as the best boxer on the planet right now, Vasyl Lomachenko.
Lomachenko is one of the most feared men in boxing with a mean reputation carrying over from his amazing amateur career where he clocked up 396 wins and just one loss which he went on to avenge twice along with two Olympic gold medals. He currently holds the WBO super-featherweight championship of the world and in his most recent outing on Saturday night he forced the equally as highly regarded Guillermo Rigondeaux to quit in his corner before the beginning of the seventh round.
Conlan fought on the undercard of Lomachenko-Rigondeaux and went the distance for the first time in his pro career, turning in a dominant display with a unanimous decision victory after six rounds.
Both Conlan and the formidable Lomachenko are signed under the same promotion company, Bob Arum’s Top Rank, so if the pair are on a collision course to collide at some point in the future, it will undoubtedly come at a time which suits both competitors optimally both athletically and financially.
The former Irish Olympian recognises that such a prospect of a superfight with arguably the pound for pound world number one is still quite a long road ahead. He acknowledges that a solid and impressive 2018 must be put down before any legitimate talks of world titles or superfights take place.
He spoke to Newstalk’s Off The Ball where he laid out his plans for his exciting career.
“In this game you need to know what you want to do and you need to know who you want to face. You want to face the best fighters and I believe Lomachenko is probably number 1, number 2 pound for pound at the minute.
“I can see myself facing him in the future, and beating him in the future,” Conlan said.
“At the minute he’s still a few leagues ahead of me, so I’ve got some catching up to do but, I believe, give me a little bit of time and I’ll be there.
“I know Bob (Arum) and stuff, they love hearing that stuff. They see it as, ‘this is a kid who’s trying to reach for the stars and we’ll have his back the whole way’, and it’s great to have a promoter and a team around me who want to push my ambition and want to push my drive.”
The 26-year-old Irishman continued to give a fascinating insight into how he foresees himself reaching the summit of the sport:
“It’s all about next year and how everything goes next year.
“Depending on what way we move and what way fights we take…
“Towards the end of the year I do want to be there or thereabouts for world titles.”
Check out that interview below: