What’s Next for Michael Conlan?
By Kieran Gallagher
Fresh off an impressive hometown victory against Diego Alberto Ruiz, Michael Conlan has now confessed his desire to fight the IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington.
Conlan cruised to victory in the ninth round after a flurry of body shots stopped the Argentine in Conlan’s hometown of Belfast, much to the delight of the raucous crowd.
Ruiz in his first fight outside of his native Argentina failed to cause Conlan any real problems. However, now the unbeaten Irishman will look to step-up in terms of opposition as he works towards a world title opportunity.
Conlan has made it no secret that he has no intentions of fighting fellow countryman Carl Frampton as he claimed:
“It would be bad for Belfast.”
However, Conlan would be open to fighting the IBF champion Warrington. Conlan examined Warrington’s win over Frampton, and he feels confident that he could succeed where his countryman fell short.
Conlan has targeted Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day next year for a potential date, which would be some spectacle.
When asked if he could beat Warrington Conlan replied:
“One hundred percent,” he said. “By this time next year, I’ll be world champion. Within the next 12 months, I’ll be able to beat Warrington.”
Conlan is now seemingly within touching distance of a very big fight indeed, and if Warrington gets through his next defence in October, that big fight might be sooner rather than later.