Irish amateur sensation Michael Conlan will be joined by UFC star Conor McGregor on his ringwalk tonight on St Patrick's Day.
Conlan makes his professional debut against Tim Ibarra at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, live on BoxNation.
Speaking to FightHub, the 25-year-old revealed that after developing a friendship with his countryman, McGregor agreed to walk him to the ring in front of what is set to be a noisy contingent of travelling Irish fans.
“Conor contacted me after I won the World Amateur Championships and was giving me a lot of advice and saying well done. It was great to have someone like him giving me that type of respect. I was like 'wow!'”
Conlan is regarded as one of the finest prospects in the sport after enjoying a stellar career in the unpaid ranks. For a boxer to headline a show on their debut is rare, such is the excitement around him, and McGregor's appearance will only add to the fanfare.
“He followed me on Twitter. We kept texting each other and exchanged numbers. Then we were doing a public speaking event in Belfast, and I asked him on stage would he walk me out,” explained Conlan.
“I kind of put him on the spot a bit. He said it would be an honour and would be very grateful. I was just blown away by it. I’m so happy he stuck to his word and he is going to come!”