Michael Conlan's St Patrick’s Day party at Madison Square Garden Theater on Sunday 17th March will be live on BoxNation, when he faces Ruben Garcia Hernandez in a Featherweight 10 rounder.
It is the third successive year he has celebrated the Irish celebration weekend at the globally famous New York venue.
Belfast’s Conlan (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Tim Ibarra on his pro debut on the date two years ago when Conor McGregor led his ringwalk and 12 months later beat David Berna inside two rounds.
This time Conlan goes downstairs once again below the MSG big room to face Mexican Hernandez (24-3-2, 10 KOs) and it is out to paint it green again.
“I’m excited and honoured to fight at my home away from home, The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, on St. Patrick’s Day for the third consecutive year,” Conlan said.
“The fans in New York City have been incredibly supportive of my professional career, and I look forward to putting on a show for them, in addition to my great fans from Ireland who will be coming over for the party in Manhattan.”
Conlan, 27, is one of Ireland’s greatest ever amateur boxers winning the 2015 Doha World Championships and a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
Who will forget the 2016 Rio Olympics when he was the gold medal favourite, and made his famous middle finger salute towards officials when shocking scoring robbed him of victory against Vladimir Nikitin?
Professionally he has displayed the qualities that have the stamp of a future World Champion and later this year he’s expected to face Nikitin once again.
Hernandez, 25, turned professional in November 2010 and last August picked up the WBC Latino Featherweight Title outscoring Jose Estrella.
His defeats have come at the highest level losing on points against Rafael Rivera and retiring after seven rounds against World Champion Randy Caballero when both men were unbeaten.
Hernandez’s only other setback came on points against multiple World Champion Nonito Donaire and is clearly a step up for Conlan.