Wednesday 16 August 2017

Revealed: Michael Conlan won't fight again this year as he closes in on pro deal and 2017 debut

Michael Conlan was left fuming after his elimination from the Rio Olympics.
Michael Conlan was left fuming after his elimination from the Rio Olympics.
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Michael Conlan has revealed that he is close to signing a deal that will see him join the professional boxing ranks.

The Belfast boxer famously vowed to never fight as an amateur ever again after a controversial defeat in the Olympic quarter-final, prompting speculation about his future. The Olympic bronze medalist revealed a few weeks ago that he intends to go professional, and divulged a few further details about his plans on Today FM this morning.

Speaking to The Anton Savage Show, Conlan said that he would 'soon' sign a pro deal, but couldn't yet confirm when he will return to ring, only saying that it is unlikely to come this year.

“I don’t think you should worry about anything this year," Conlan said.

"I think you’re free enough this year. You don’t have to get any tickets or book any flights this year. You’ll find out soon but it’ll not be this year anyway.”

Conlan was also asked about the AIBA President saying that he would face disciplinary action for his post-fight actions at the Olympics, but the boxer laughed off the comments.

"They can say they’ll fine me whatever they want," he said.

"I want nothing to do with amateur boxing anymore.

“I actually hope the discipline they give me is a ban for life from amateur boxing, because I’ll never be doing it anyway.

“I hope they ban me for life.”

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