West Belfast preventing pleasure Michael “Mick” Conlan is prepared for a summer season homecoming for the ages. Conlan, the WBO No. 1 featherweight juniorweight contender, will win his WBO Intercontinental title towards former world champion TJ Doheny in a 10-round showdown on Friday August sixth at Falls Park in Belfast as a part of the Féile defend at Phobail festivals.
Sponsored by Conlan Boxing, Conlan Doheny and Undercard bouts will likely be broadcast reside and solely within the US on ESPN + from 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT.
“It is a nice take a look at for Mick as Doheny is a formidable opponent who won’t be intimidated when preventing in entrance of the partisan Belfast crowd,” mentioned Bob Arum, chairman of High Rank. “He needed a battle in Belfast and I’m delighted that his loyal followers will see him once more in particular person.”
Jamie Conlan, CEO of Conlan Boxing added, “Michael and I are honored and excited to deliver reside boxing again to Belfast. Everybody labored onerous behind the scenes to make this occasion occur in these loopy instances and now there may be mild on the finish of the tunnel. Each Michael and TJ have Irish pleasure at stake, however they see themselves as the proper dance associate to realize the world title. It has all of the substances for a implausible battle. “
Conlan (15-0, 8 KOs) turned an Irish folks sports activities hero after an novice profession that noticed him win a gold medal on the 2015 World Championships and qualify for 2 Olympic Video games. He received a bronze medal in London in 2012 and turned professional on the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio after a high-profile theft – and a double center finger greeting to the judges. He has fought twice as an expert in Belfast, offered out SSE Enviornment Belfast in 2018 and introduced practically 10,000 followers to Falls Park in August 2019. He final fought in April and made his junior featherweight debut with a 12-round majority choice over well-known spoiler Ionut Baluta.
Conlan mentioned, “I stay up for preventing in my city once more. 2019 was particular however I feel this 12 months will likely be even higher as we did not have any reside occasions as a result of pandemic. On August sixth we’ll present Belfast is again!
“It is going to be an honor to share the ring with TJ. I’ve nice respect for him and his achievements. I feel it’s my hardest battle thus far, and with it I’ll make my largest assertion in my quest to turn out to be world champion. “
Doheny (22-2, 16 KOs) of Portlaoise, Eire reached the peak of the game when he angered Ryosuke Iwasa by unanimous choice to win the IBF Junior Featherweight Title in August 2018. He defended the title as soon as earlier than shedding a hotly contested title affiliation match to Daniel Roman. After a comeback win, he was upset by the unanimous eight-round choice towards Baluta, who defeated former Irish novice star Davey Oliver Joyce earlier than taking up Conlan.
Doheny mentioned: “This will likely be my first battle on Irish soil and I can’t consider a greater homecoming. It would not get a lot larger than that for an all-Irish conflict and followers will likely be braced for an actual deal with. That is the form of battle I have been craving since my tight majority vote towards Daniel Roman. High opponents are what motivates me and helps me enhance my sport. I can’t wait any longer.”