TOP RANK PRESIDENT Todd duBoef has admitted he is keen to install Michael Conlan on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s world-title defence in Australia once the Belfast native comes through his second pro bout next month.
Conlan’s promoters are finalising details for a 26 May date in Chicago and a July bout Down Under after scrapping plans for a mooted fight in Boston next month.
The 9,500-capacity UIC Pavilion – on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago – is likely to host Conlan’s second six-round bout, which will be held above the super-bantamweight limit, with an opponent likely to be confirmed within the next week.
“Staying active is one of the things I asked for when I did turn over,” said Conlan ahead of what looks likely to be a busy summer schedule.
“I was probably hoping to get out again sooner, but it’s still only a few weeks after my last fight and I’ll be flying when the day comes,” added the 25-year-old, who is awaiting confirmation on a support slot to Pacquiao’s WBO world welterweight title defence against Australian Jeff Horne in Brisbane on July 2.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef explained: “Yeah, obviously it’s one thing at a time and that’s definitely a big possibility.
“There’s a large Irish community down there [in Australia] and we’d like to use that as a platform,” he added.
Conlan is confident that victory in his headline bout in Chicago next month will lead him Down Under for a his third pro bout five weeks later.
“As long as this one goes injury-free, I’m there,” said the Belfast native on Top Rank’s plans to have him fight on the Pacquiao bill.
“One hundred per cent, that’s the plan and that’s the aim. I know they [the promoters] want me there with all the Irish they want me there.
“I’ll get this [Chicago] one out of the way nice and quick and get over to Australia,” added the 25-year-old, who had been slated for a Boston ring date in mid-May before Top Rank shifted their focus to Boston.
World amateur champion Conlan recorded a third-round stoppage victory over US journeyman Tim Ibarra on his St Patrick’s Day pro debut in New York.
The 25-year-old attracted a sell-out crowd to Madison Square Garden’s Theater (US spelling) for his paid debut when UFC star Conor McGregor walked Conlan to the ring.
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