Conlan Finds Opponent for MSG Pro Debut

Amateur boxing star Michael Conlan is poised to make an immediate impact on the pro circuit in 2017. Under the wing of Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions, Conlan will make his pro debut on March 17 in New York, and his opponent has already been selected.

Conlan will face Tim Ibarra (4-4, 1 KO) in a super-bantamweight fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day.

Ibarra last fought in December, losing a decision to Jose Gonzalez.

Conlan signed with Top Rank in September after completing a successful amateur career. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and became a world, European and Commonwealth champion. His amateur campaign ended in controversial fashion, as he lost a highly-disputed decision at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and promptly vowed to never compete in the amateur circuit again.

The 25-year-old Irishman is as promising of a prospect as Top Rank could have in their stable, and Arum will look to build Conlan up slowly as his star grows. 

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