Rising Featherweight star Michael Conlan is grateful for the support of Irish fans, ahead of his return to New York on March 17th.

This St Patrick's Day, the 5-0 prospect is action over six rounds at Madison Square Garden Theater, live on BoxNation.

One year ago, he made his professional debut in front of a sold-out arena, and now the 26-year-old is back in the Big Apple on a stacked World Title show.

"Fighting at The Garden on St Patrick’s Day, it’s very hard to say there’s a better place in the world to fight because the atmosphere is amazing," he explained to The Irish News this week.

"Irish people come from everywhere to New York for St Patrick’s Day and end up going to the fight so it’s great - they get to enjoy it and they’re always rowdy. I don’t think there are better fans than Irish boxing fans and I think that shows every time an Irish fighter gets into the ring. I’m looking forward to it."

This weekend Conlan meets David Berna, and he's wary of the 15-2 Hungarian's power: "He’s definitely a bit of a step up.

"He has a nice record - 15 wins and 14 knockouts and only two losses so, on paper, it’s a big step up but when I go in there I’ll show my class and it won’t look like much," continued the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist.

"The two fights when he has stepped up he has been beaten and I feel like it’s going to be the same on Saturday night."

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