Last weekend, Michael Conlon’s fight was the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko’s title win in New York.
The 26-year-old Belfast man won comfortably against Spanish opponent Ibon Larringa. Conlon’s boxing career started at a very young age winning his first Ulster novice title at the age of 11. He is also a three-time Irish national flyweight champion. He competed in Olympics in 2012 and 2016 respectively, winning the bronze on his first outing. He moved weight categories after the 2012 Olympics from Fly Weight to Bantam Weight. In 2014 after being out with an injury Conlon competed in the bantamweight division at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He went onto win gold after beating England’s Qais Ashfaq.
Conlon started his Olympic qualification campaign in 2015, by competing in World Series Boxing. He had seven fights over fourteen weeks, five of which he won which saw him finish second overall and secured his place in the Olympic team for 2016. In late Summer 2015 he won the European Championships at Bantamweight and scooped Boxer of the Tournament winning all four of his bouts. Conlon finished the year taking Irelands first ever gold medal in the AIBA World Boxing Championships and was crowned RTE Sports Person of the Year for 2015.
Conlon as he was eliminated from the Olympics quarter final stage in 2016 after a controversial judge’s decision which saw Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin awarded the win. Conlon delivered an angry live interview questioning the integrity of judges and accusing them of corruption. Conlon announced his intention of turning professional and signed with Top Rank after the Olympics.
To date Conlon has had seven professional fights and is unbeaten in all. His first professional fight took place on St. Patricks Day last year where he knocked out American Tim Ibarra in the third round.
His unanimous 80-72 win on Saturday night stands him in good stead for his upcoming fight against Adeilson Dos Santos in June. This will be a more challenging fight for Conlon but the home crowd in the SSE Airtricity in Belfast will surely add to the confidence he has gained of late.