Michael Conlan promised to win world titles in three different weight divisions at his inaugural press conference in New York to announce details of his professional debut in the city’s iconic Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s night.
“The plan is to win world titles at super-bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight,” said the 2015 World amateur bantamweight champion.
The Belfast boxer’s pro debut on a bill promoted by the Top Rank organisation will be as a light featherweight, in a six round bout against 26-year-old American journeyman pro Tim Ibarra who has fought just eight times since turning professional in 2012.
While he has won four of those bouts – one by knockout – he has also been knocked out twice himself. So it ought to be a routine night at the office for the London Olympic bronze medallist.
Much of the excitement could happen before the fight after it was announced that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has accepted Conlan's invitation to walk him into the ring.
Conlan – who was controversially beaten in the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics last summer - joins an elite group of Olympic medalists, including George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and Jermaine Taylor, to make his professional debut in Madison Square Garden.
Conlan and his family recently moved full time to Los Angeles where he will train for his professional debut under new coach Manny Robles, who is also training unbeaten Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley.
What was intriguing about Conlan’s promise to win three world titles at different weight divisions was that the current WBA featherweight title holder is fellow Belfast boxer Carl Frampton, who defends his title at the end of the month in Las Vegas and who has indicated that he may ultimately move up to the super-featherweight category as well.
James DeGale and Badou Jack fought out an epic world super-middleweight title fight in New York last night - and it wasn’t just the two fighters who were relieved to get through the bout without being knocked out.
Off the Ball
At 34 years of age, eight months after the Thrilla in Manilla, Muhammad Ali fought Antonio Inoki in June 1976 as part of an exhibition swing through Asia. It's not included on his boxrec record, and it doesn't count in his win/loss totals whenever people make a reckoning of his career.