CONOR MCGREGOR TO WALK MICK CONLAN INTO THE RING TOMORROW
Press Release: Iris Olympian Michael "Mick" Conlan will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making his pro -- headlining a special card at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Conlan's pro debut, which will be as a featherweight, in a six-round bout against Tim Ibarra (4-4, 1 KO), of Denver. Fellow Irishman, UFC superstar and lightweight champion Conor McGregor has accepted Conlan's invitation to walk him into the ring. Here is what Conlan and Ibarra had to say at the final press conference:
"My goal is to be the best Irish fighter of all time. Tim [Ibarra] and I both have to put bread on the table and we'll be working hard to do that Friday night. I am going to have to knock him out. Over 2,000 fans are flying in from Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and my pro debut. I never dreamed this would be happening to me, that it was even possible -- headlining in my pro debut at the Mecca of Boxing. I am taking this whole experience in. I revel in it. It's going to be electric when Conor McGregor carry's the tricolor [flag] and walks me into the ring."
"This will not be an easy fight for Conlan. I'm going to teach him that there is a big difference between amateurs and professionals. I'm going to rain on his St. Patrick's Day parade."
PROMOTER BOB ARUM:
"St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland and last summer, Mick Conlan drove the snakes out of AIBA and the Olympics. He stood up for himself at the Olympics and the world stood up with him when he cheated out of his dream. He's a phenomenon. We are going to build his career to monster proportions. We have reserved The Garden for the next five St. Patrick's Days for Mick. The St Patrick's Day parade starts here."
MATTHEW MACKLIN (Conlan's manager):
"The Irish and UK media are treating this fight like a world championship event. He's on every front page."
Conlan joins an elite group of Olympians, including George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and Jermain Taylor, to make his professional debut on boxing's most hallowed ground. But Conlan is the only one to make his debut as the main event. Over 500 fans from Ireland have purchased tickets and are expected to be in attendance, rooting on the man who drove the snakes out of the Olympics last summer.
The card will also feature junior lightweight Robson Conceicao (2-0, 1 KO), the first Brazilian boxer to win Olympic gold (2016), and undefeated welterweight contender Alex Saucedo (23-0, 14 KOs) of Oklahoma City, in separate bouts.
The main event bouts will be televised in the U.S. on UniMás and Univision Deportes, beginning at 11 p.m. ET / PT; live to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland via Box Nation and live to Brasil via SporTV. Ireland will also have access to a primetime delay via RTE.