Sunday 25 February 2018

Michael Conlan's Madison Square Garden opponent confirmed

Michael Conlan of Ireland celebrates winning against Jarrett Owen of Australia after their Featherweight bout before the WBO Welterweight Title Fight between Jeff Horne of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Michael Conlan of Ireland celebrates winning against Jarrett Owen of Australia after their Featherweight bout before the WBO Welterweight Title Fight between Jeff Horne of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlan will fight on the undercard of Vasyl's Lomachenko's showdown with Guillermo Rigondeaux at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York, in December.

Conlan will fight Argentinian Luis Fernando Molina (7-3-1) in his fifth professional bout on December 9. The 25-year-old returns to New York where he knocked out American Tim Ibarra in his professional boxing debut in March.

The Belfast native enters the fight on the back of on the back of a September knock-out victory over Kenny Guzman in Arizona, which was preceded by a third-round stoppage of Jarrett Owen in Brisbane.

Conlan continues to out of the Rock Gym in Los Angeles where he feels he has improved greatly since turning pro earlier this year.

"I feel I've improved every day I've been out here," said Conlan.

"I had to go away to become a professional fighter. I look at some of the guys who were on Team GB and they have gone pro but still have an amateur style.

"In America, everything is about being smart in the ring, sitting down on your punches, being smart defensively as well as offensively.

"I've changed a lot and I'm working on a lot. I'll never be the finished article, but I am working hard."

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