Tuesday 25 April 2017

Michael Conlan joins Barnes in move to professional ranks

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Ireland's Michael Conlan has turned professional. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ireland's Michael Conlan has turned professional. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Michael Conlan has turned professional with Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions in the USA.

Conlan's dad and coach, John Conlan, confirmed that his son inked the deal in Las Vegas last night which ends his hugely successful amateur career.

The AIBA World No. 1 ranked bantam was accompanied by Irish middleweight Matthew Macklin in Nevada. The signing comes just a few hours after his Irish team-mate and friend Paddy Barnes turned pro with Macklin's MGM gym in Marbella.

"It's done! #TopRank #TRBoxing, was the message left on Conlan's Twitter account last night.

Arum beat off competition from Oscar De La Hoya's stable and Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Promotions to secure the signature of the Ulster fighter.

Conlan is not expected to make his pro debut until early in the New Year.

Irish Independent

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