Sunday 23 July 2017

Where, what time, what channel? - Everything you need to know about Michael Conlan's second pro fight

Michael Conlan has won his second professional fight
Michael Conlan has won his second professional fight

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

After making light work of American boxer Tim Ibarra in his professional debut in March, Olympian Michael Conlan makes his return to the ring on Friday night to take on 4-4 Mexican fighter Alfredo Chanez.

The pair will meet in a six-round featherweight bout at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, as Conlan prepares to headline his second pro fight in as many months. The Belfast born pugilist predicts that he will finish Chanez inside the first two rounds, which he thinks will only help further boost his growing profile Stateside, but here's everything else that you need to know about Conlan's sophomore fight.

Where is it on?

UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

What time is the fight?

Conlan's fight with Chanez is the main event of the evening and is expected to get underway at around 02:00am (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 01:30am while RTE will be showing highlights and analysis of the fight on RTE2 from 7:25pm on Saturday evening.

What are the odds?

Michael Conlan - 1/500

Draw - 33/1

Alfredo Chanez - 20/1

Who is Alfredo Chanez?

Chanez is a journeyman fighter from Tijuana, Mexico. He has fought 10 times in his professional career with four wins and four losses with two no contests. His 4-4 record is an identical match to Tim Ibarra before Conlan stopped him in the third round of his pro debut.

Chanez has lost his last two fights to Alonso Ronquillo Nunez and Carlos Licona by split and unanimous decision respectively, but he does have two knockout wins over Luis Escobar and Javier Rodriguez. He is ranked 390th in his division according to boxing website boxrec.com.

Preview:

Conlan is an overwhelming favourite and is expected to back up his pre-fight talk with an early finish on Friday.

Although Chanez has not been stopped in his 10 professional fights, with all four of his defeats coming by way of decision, Conlan is a clear cut above and should dispatch of him fairly quickly.

Quotes:

Michael Conlan - "I've watched a few rounds of him on YouTube and he comes forward and he's always trying to attack. He seems dirty enough too, so I've just got to be careful and I can't rush my work. I've just got to take my time and I know I'll get him out there."

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum- “Everything in Chicago is big talk, no action … except for the Cubs. I'm not big on the boxing fans here, but we'll see if people go.”

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