After a winning debut that proved to be a huge occasion for Irish fans, former Olympian Mick Conlan is eager to stay busy with a big summer ahead.
On Friday night, the 25-year-old headlines the UIC Pavilion in Chicago against Alfredo Chanez, live on BoxNation.
Speaking to RTE, he said: “I’ve got a few fights and a lot coming up so I want to get it going after all the waiting around. It feels like forever since the debut.”
Top Rank, his promoters, plan to put Conlan on the Manny Pacquiao undercard in Brisbane in July. After already headlining Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, it is clear to see Bob Arum has big plans for his next star.
On his debut in March, the Belfast bruiser halted Tim Ibarra in three rounds. Now he faces Chanez (4-4, 2 KOs) who has never been stopped but is yet to fight outside of his native Mexico.
“I’ve watched a few of his fights,” revealed Conlan. “It should be handy enough. Obviously he’s going to be tough, he’s a Mexican fighter.
“He was on a bit of a winning streak [four fights] and then he lost his last two fights – the last one was by a split decision – but he’ll be game anyway and he’ll come to win.”
Conlan may already be eyeing bigger tests, but recognises he cannot take Chanez lightly. “He’s not coming to lie down, but I’ll be up for it and ready to rock!”
To watch Conlan v Chanez, Sky customers can buy BoxNation with free registration using code MAYBOXING.