Friday 28 April 2017

Where, what time, what channel? - Everything you need to know about Michael Conlan's professional debut

Michael Conlan, left, faces off with Tim Ibarra ahead of their featherweight bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Michael Conlan, left, faces off with Tim Ibarra ahead of their featherweight bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

After a highly successful amateur career, Belfast boxer Michael Conlan will make his professional debut tomorrow morning against American fighter Tim Ibarra.

Conlan weighed in yesterday at 122.8 lbs and looks primed for what is one of the most anticipated Irish boxing debut's in years.

A crowd of around 5,000 predominantly Irish or Irish-American fight fans are expected to attend the bout and here's everything you need to know about his big fight.

Where is it on?

The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

What time is the fight?

Conlan's fight with Ibarra is the main event of the evening and is expected to get underway at around 03:00am (GMT) on Saturday morning with full coverage live from the arena here on Independent.ie.

Where can I watch it?

BOXNATION will be broadcasting the fight live with their coverage beginning at 01:00am.

What are the odds?

Michael Conlan - 1/500

Draw - 40/1

Tim Ibarra - 33/1

Who is Tim Ibarra?

Ibarra is a 26-year-old boxer from Colorado . He has fought eight times with four wins and four losses, two by the way of knockout.

Ibarra has one career win by way of knockout, a third round stoppage of Joe Muniz last August. He is ranked 409th in his division according to boxing website boxrec.com.

Preview:

Conlan is an overwhelming favourite and is expected to dispatch of Ibarra inside the first few rounds.

Ibarra has been boxing since 2004 and was a trialist for the US Olympic team in 2008, a far cry from Conlan's glittering amateur career which included an Olympic bronze medal in 2012, a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and a gold medal at the World Amateur championships in Doha in 2015.

Quotes:

Michael Conlan - " I don’t entertain any ideas about a loss, but at the same time, thoughts do creep into your head and you have to banish them right away. Losing would be unthinkable really, it’d never happen."

Bob Arum- “We think he is going to be, in the next three or four years, one of the big faces of boxing.”

Frank Warren - "Conlan was the pick of the litter from the 2016 Olympians even coming home without a medal. His profile probably only increased following his reaction to the diabolical decision he was on the wrong end of in the bantamweight quarter finals against the Russian Vladimir Nikitin."

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