Belfast Olympic star Michael Conlan is heading back across the pond to the UK, following a new partnership with renowned trainer Adam Booth.
The 26-year-old Northern Irishman saw a lot of success in 2017, winning every bout in his first year as a pro, most recently defeating Argentina’s Luis Fernando Molina in December.
Conlan has been living in LA, but decided to move back closer to home with his family, parting ways with established trainer Manny Robles.
"Yeah not many people knew, but for me it was just more of a logistics thing," he told the BoxNation Podcast. "You know, my wife was expecting another baby so for us to be out there in LA and to get home was an 11 hour flight. She was still with me in LA, but it was just very hard. It’s unfair for us to manage two babies with no help or anything."
While the departure was kept quiet, Conlan has made it clear that there are no bad feelings between him and his ex-mentor, and instead insists that it was an amicable departure.
"It was no problem. He told me that the door is always open, if we’d ever need anything to just give him a call it’s no problem, there’s no bad blood between us. He told me that I have to do what’s best," explained the 26-year-old.
Respected coach Booth was the natural first choice for the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, as the coach’s reputation has preceded him after aiding the likes of David Haye and George Groves in the past.
Conlan insists that the London-based trainer was the only one he could see himself working with: "I had a think about boxing coaches in the UK, and I believed that Booth was one of the only ones that I would want to work with. He’s a very technical coach, that I feel I need."
On March 17th, Conlan is scheduled to fight in New York.
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