Conlan vs Doheny Fighting pride in West Belfast Michael “Mick” Conlan has been aiming for a return to summer for ages. Conlan, a WBO junior featherweight contender, will defend his world intercontinental title in a ten-round showdown on Friday August at Falls Park, Belfast, as part of the Feiel-Phoebe Festival.
Promoted by Conlan Boxing, the Conlan-Doheny and Undercard fights will begin live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN + at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. ET.
“This is a big test for Mick, because Doheni is a powerful foe who will not be afraid to fight in front of the one-sided crowd in Belfast,” said senior chairman Bob Arum. “He wanted to fight Belfast and I’m happy his loyal fans will see him in person again.”
Conlan vs Doheny, CEO of Conlan Boxing, added: “Michael and I are honored and excited to bring Live Boxing back to Belfast. Everyone was working hard behind the scenes to make this event possible in this crazy time and now there is light at the end. of the tunnel.
Michael and TJ are both proud Irish, but they see themselves as the perfect dance partner to reach the world title stage. He has all the ingredients for a great fight. ”
Conlan (15-0, 8k) became an Irish folk hero after an amateur career, winning him a gold medal at the 2015 World Championships and qualifying for a pair of Olympics. He won a bronze medal in London in 2012 and became a supporter of public flights and middle finger double salutes at the Rio 2012 Olympics with a double middle finger salute. He fought twice in Belfast as a pro, sold SSE Arena Belfast in 2013 and amassed around 10,000 fans at Falls Park in August 2019. He last fought in April and made his weight debut junior feather with a majority decision in 12 rounds on notable spoilers. Sand.
Conlan said, “I’m happy to be back in my hometown fighting. It was special in 2019, but I think this year will be even better because we haven’t had any live events due to the outbreak. On August 6th we’ll be showing Belfast is back!
“It would be an honor to share the ring with TJ. I have a lot of respect for him and his accomplishments. I believe this is my toughest fight yet and with it I will be making my biggest statement to become a world champion. ”
Doheni (22-2, 1K KO) of Portloys, Ireland rose to the top of the sport when he upset Raisuk Iwasa in the unanimous decision to win the IBF Junior Featherweight World Title in August 2018. He made a defense of the title by losing a very competitive title unification match against Daniel Roman. After the comeback victory, he was bowled over by the eight-round unanimous decision against Balutar, which sent off former Irish amateur star Davy Oliver Joyce ahead of the Conlan fight.
“This is my first time fighting on Irish soil, I can’t think of a better way forward,” Doheni said. There is nothing bigger than an Irish clash and the fans are here for real behavior. I have intensified this kind of fight since the near majority of Daniel Roman decided to lose. High level opposition is what inspires me and helps me improve my game. I can’t wait for this. ”