MICHAEL CONLAN SAYS HE HAS UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH SHAKUR STEVENSON
Press Release: Irish Olympian Michael Conlan held a media workout today at Wild Card West Boxing Club. He spoke about his upcoming fight at Madison Square Garden. Joining him was his trainer, Manny Robles and his manager, former contender Matthew Macklin. Conlan, 25, a two-time Olympian, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and a former world amateur champion from Belfast, will be making his pro debut against Tim Ibarra (4-4) on a special St. Patrick's Day card at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Friday, March 17th. Here is what he had to say:
"At first I texted Conor McGregor about walking me into the ring. He texted 'yes.' Then we met in person and we shook hands on it and he said he would be honored to walk with me into the ring at Madison Square Garden.
"Ireland is coming to New York City on Friday night and I am eternally grateful for all of the Irish fans who support me.
"I want my first fight to be very exciting, to make the trip worthwhile for all of our Irish fans. I love them all.
"The nation's pride rests on my shoulders.
"This experience at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day will be something I've never felt before when I get into that ring. I would like to spend the rest of my St Patrick's Days fighting at Madison Square Garden each and every year.
"My trainer Manny Robles told me the best gym to train at would be at The Rock in Carson, California, with fighters…world champions like Oscar Valdez and Jessie Magdaleno. Manny was right. I am getting all the training I need there.
"I know Shakur Stevenson has been talking about me a lot. He and I have unfinished business. He knows the reason why. It may take two or three years but he and I -- on a Top Rank fight -- will be in the ring to get this done for once and for all."
MATTHEW MACKLIN, CONLAN'S MANAGER:
"We are about to see an atmosphere at Madison Square Garden we've never seen before -- when Michael walks to the ring on Friday night. And Michael has the fighting ability to live up to everyone's expectations."