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19th Sep 2016

Michael Conlan says another big ‘Fuck you’ to the AIBA by turning pro with Manny Pacquiao’s promoter

Done deal.

Ben Kiely

Michael Conlan is now officially a professional boxer.

The Belfast native has confirmed he’s made the move from amateur to the the pro leagues by signing for Top Rank promotion run by iconic promoter Bob Arum.

Conlan made his intentions to leave the amateur ranks clear after slamming the judges who denied him a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite appearing to have emphatically beaten Vladimir Nikitin to the point where the Russian boxer was unable to fight again in the next round of the competition, the judges scored it against Conlan.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and world champion will now join the US-based promotion which promotes high-profile pugilists such as Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas.

This news comes shortly after fellow Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes confirmed he turned pro after being snapped up by MGM, run by retired Irish boxer Matthew Macklin.

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