Michael Conlan set for St Patrick's Day pro debut in Madison Square Garden
Michael Conlan's first foray into professional boxing looks set to take place at one of the sport's most iconic venues, Madison Square Garden.
The New York area famously hosted Muhammad Ali's first heavyweight fight with Joe Frazier, and the Irishman is to make his professional bow there after leaving amateur boxing behind following a controversial Olympic games.
Speaking to RingTV, Conlan's promoter, Bob Arum, said that his fighter's debut will be a main event bout at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day.
"Thousands of people are going to be flying in from Ireland to New York to watch it," he said.
“It’s going to be an unbelievable event. I think Michael is going to be a major star in the order of a Barry McGuigan"
Conlan will fight in the super bantamweight division at 122 pounds, although no opponent has yet been announced. The Belfast boxer was tipped for a gold medal at the Rio Olympics but was infamously defeated at the quarter-final stage following a controversial judges decision, after which he unleashed a f**-laden tirade directed at the AIBA hierarchy.