Ireland's next hero Michael Conlan boxes in Belfast for the first time in nearly eight years this weekend, and he's promising to put on a show.

Conlan takes on former World Title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos at the SSE Arena, live on BoxNation.

"Definitely means the world to me to be fighting back home on Saturday night," he told Steve Lillis on the latest BoxNation Podcast.

"The last time I boxed at home was back in 2010 so it was a long time ago. I'm really looking forward to getting back there and put on a great performance for the whole city."

Despite having just seven professional outings, the 26-year-old is used to topping Top Rank bills across the pond. He made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden Theater in March last year, and was joined by Conor McGregor on the ringwalk.

This year he was top billing again on St Patrick's Day, meaning the World Title fight between Jose Ramirez and Amir Imam was chief support to Conlan's sixth bout.

"The atmosphere is the thing I'm looking forward to most," he continued. "It's going to be unbelievable. On both St Patrick's Days I've boxed and the atmosphere at those events have built me for this one."

Conlan v Dos Santos

Saturday's stacked card features an all-Dublin derby between Jono Carroll and Tyrone McKenna, former World Title challenger Gary Corcoran and exciting prospect Lewis Crocker.

Conlan believes the current crop of Irish boxers have a bright future ahead, and one day hopes to share a bill with his good friends Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes.

"We had the golden age of Irish amateur boxing. Now we're coming in to the golden age of professional boxing in Ireland with all these guys turning pro, including myself, Paddy and even the likes of Carl, who turned pro a bit earlier.

"It would be unbelievable if Carl, Paddy and myself could all defend World Titles on the same bill. It will be hard because of timing and stuff, but we are all with the same management team so it’s definitely a possibility," he added.

Also on Episode 30 of the BoxNation Podcast, Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes look ahead to their big night at Windsor Park in the summer.

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