Friday Sees Michael Conlan Pro Debut- This weekend is Saint Patrick’s Day and NYC is practically Irish for a day as a parade headlines the festivities. What could be bigger than Ireland’s amateur boxing sensation Michael Conlan making his professional debut on Broadway, at the Madison Square Garden Theater? In Ireland, Irish eyes are smiling, even if some are a little bit blackened.
Conlan became a darling in his home country of Ireland when he won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London games. High expectations accompanied him heading into the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janiero but he was eliminated in highly controversial fashion. The disappointment was tempered because Conlan came to the attention of American promoter Bob Arum, who signed Conlan to a promotional contract.
Though boxing is in a down cycle in the United States at an international level the sport is thriving and the venerable Arum recognized Conlan’s potential. He is a fighter whose name already resonates with an entire nation, and a boxing hungry one at that. We will probably see Arum pull out all the tricks his 50 years in the business have taught him a he looks to develop Conlan into an international box office draw. They are not likely to make a matchmaking mistake in their first outing with Conlan.
Friday Sees Michael Conlan Pro Debut
You aren’t really going to bet against Conlan are you? If you bet $100 on Ibarra you are returning $4000, but Conlan is about as close to a “can’t miss” as can be as he makes his debut. No disrespect to Ibarra, who must be a hard working fighter who has none of the backing and support of his opponent and does this anyway, but the sheer difference in pedigree should be evident at this level.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Super Bantamweight 6 rounds –
Tim Ibarra +4000
Michael Conlan -10000
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