Michael Conlan

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 9wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 6kos

AGE:
25
Birthplace:
Belfast, Ireland
Height:
5’7”
reach:
69"
Managers:
Matthew Macklin
Trainers:
Adam Booth

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Michael "Mick" Conlan

At the age of 25, Michael is a one-year pro. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he was an amateur standout at the elite international level before his debut, and Ireland’s most decorated amateur boxer ever – a gold medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 European Championships and the 2015 World Championships, and a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games. He also represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games but was eliminated by extremely controversial scoring in the quarterfinal round.

Michael started his pro career with six wins, five by knockout, in his first year as a pro. He made his pro debut on March 17, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York and won by third-round TKO against Tim Ibarra. Two months later on May 26 in Chicago, Michael won by third-round TKO against Alfredo Chanez. On July 2 in Brisbane, Australia, he won by third-round TKO against Jarrett Owen. On September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, he won by second-round TKO against Kenny Guzman. On December 9 in New York he won a six-round unanimous decision against Luis Molina.

He stepped up to eight-round status for the first time in his last fight on March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – in New York and won by second-round TKO against David Berna. The bout was a featured attraction with the Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam main event in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Featherweight prospect Michael Conlan, the popular two-time Irish Olympian responsible for drawing most of the crowd on St. Patrick’s Day, blew away David Berna in a second-round knockout victory.

He was fighting at the Theater almost one year to the day from when he made his professional debut before a sold-out crowd and had his pal and UFC star Conor McGregor walk him to the ring.

“It is a huge honor to be fighting in the Garden on St. Paddy’s weekend, but it is something really special to be fighting on St. Paddy’s Day,” Conlan said. “Now I want to do it in Ireland. I mean look at this crowd. We will sell out any stadium in Ireland.”

Conlan dropped Berna with a left hook to the body followed by a right to the head in the first round. In the second round, he knocked Berna down again with another right hand and then referee Eddie Claudio stopped the fight at 1 minute as Conlan pounded Berna.

Conlan had moved with his family to Southern California, but they decided to move back home. Now Conlan trains in London and was in his first fight with trainer Adam Booth, who liked what he saw.

“Now, we’re allowing him to express his natural grade as a boxer and that amateur pedigree,” Booth said. “It’s about putting in a little bit of professional spite in it, where he’s not just trading, but learning to combine smart skills with a little bit of power. Smart boxing, spiteful punching. That’s not brawling. Brawling is giving and taking, and he’s too clever for that.” [End Rafael item]

From a Team Conlan press release [Jan. 24, 2018 – excerpts]: Michael Conlan will be based in London after deciding to train under renowned coach Adam Booth.

Conlan believes his move to train under decorated coach Booth will help him kick on in the pro ranks as the former world amateur champion prepares for his next St. Patrick’s Day bout in New York.

The Belfast native had originally started his paid career training under Manny Robles in California, moving across the Atlantic to the U.S. west coast where he built a 5-0 pro record following his successful debut in New York last year.

Nearly a year on from that first pro fight, Conlan has opted to switch to London in order to be based closer to his Belfast home and family.

“I’m really excited about the move,” said Conlan, who has been testing the waters with Booth over the past week before announcing his move. “It’s one I took a lot of time to think about, but I knew if I was moving closer to home that I wanted to link up with Adam.

“I’d like to thank Manny for all his help. I really enjoyed the time we spent working together and I learned a lot, it was a great experience, but I just felt I needed a change and it was important to be training closer to home for my family.

“We have another baby on the way and I think this will make life a lot easier both personally and professionally.

“I’m really happy with how things have gone so far,” said Conlan. “I feel like I’ve got a good bond with Adam and the lads in the gym, too. I’ve really clicked with them and I’m really looking forward to getting things going and working towards Paddy’s Day in New York.

“I see the bond Adam has with his fighters. That’s something that I felt was probably missing for me, and it’s one of the main reasons I came here,” added Conlan.

fight history

  • 2018

    Fight by Fight – In his last fight on 3-17-18 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (2nd round) against David Berna (15-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was a featured attraction with the Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam main event, and Michael quickly overpowered Berna; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body-right hand to the head combination in the 1st round; Michael scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:00.

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  • 2017

    On 12-9-17 in New York, NY, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Luis Molina (4-3-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux main event; Molina gave a determined effort, but Michael dominated the fight – he pressed forward, out-worked Molina, and consistently landed the harder punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…

    On 9-22-17 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (2nd round) against previously undefeated Kenny Guzman (3-0): the scheduled 6-rounder was one of the co-features with the Oscar Valdez vs. Genesis Servania main event; Guzman gave a determined effort, but Michael quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Guzman flat on his back late in the 2nd round – he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

    On 7-2-17 in Brisbane, AUST, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jarrett Owen (5-4-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn main event, and Michael dominated the fight; he switched between the right and left-handed stances in the 1st and 2nd rounds and out-boxed Owen; he hurt Owen with a left hook to the body from the right-handed stance, then rocked him with a series of punches in the 3rd round – Owen’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:56…

    On 5-26-17 in Chicago, IL, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Alfredo Chanez (4-4): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined at UIC Pavilion, and Michael quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right uppercut that dropped Chanez to the seat of his trunks in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 3rd – Chanez got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

    He made his debut at 25 on 3-17-17 in New York and won by TKO (3rd round) against Tim Ibarra (4-4): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined in The Theater at Madison Square Garden – it drew a capacity crowd of 5,201, and Michael dominated the fight; he boxed behind a hard jab, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore down Ibarra; he rocked Ibarra with an unanswered series of punches in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:59…

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