Michael Conlan (boxer)

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Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan Web Summit.jpg
Conlan at Web Summit in Dublin, 2015
Nickname(s) Mick
Weight(s) Super bantamweight
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Reach 175 cm (69 in)
Nationality Irish
Born (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 26)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Stance Orthodox / Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 8
Wins 8
Wins by KO 5
Losses 0

Michael John Conlan (born 19 November 1991) is an Irish professional boxer from Belfast,. He is currently signed with Top Rank promotion. He competed for Ireland at amateur level.

As an amateur, Conlan reached number one in the AIBA bantamweight world rankings,[1] with achievements that include an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012 and a World Championships gold medal at Doha 2015. He has been one of Ireland's most successful amateur fighters of all time.


Conlan was born in Belfast. His father and coach, John, hails from Drimnagh, County Dublin.[2] His elder brother, Jamie, is also a professional boxer.

Amateur career[edit]

Conlan won his first Ulster novice title at the age of 11, and is a three-time Irish national flyweight champion.[3] In his debut match at the 2012 Olympics, he defeated Ghanaian boxer Duke Micah, having received a bye in the first round.[4] In the quarter final, he defeated French boxer Nordine Oubaali by 22–18, guaranteeing himself a bronze medal.[5][6] Conlan lost his semi-final bout against Cuba's Robeisy Ramírez, who went on to win gold in the final.[7][8]

After the Olympics Conlan moved up from Flyweight to Bantamweight. He is currently[when?] in the AIBA rankings at No. 1. On 2 August 2014 he won the bantamweight division gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, beating England's Qais Ashfaq. Conlan won despite only returning to training two weeks prior following an injury.[9][10]

2015 started off with Conlan competing in WSB (World Series Boxing) for Italia Thunder. Conlan and his team mate also a fellow Irish boxer Paddy Barnes would compete in seven fights over 14 weeks in an effort to try and secure qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Michael racked up 5 wins out 7 which was just enough for him to finish second in the individual ranking and secure Olympic berth in Rio.

In August 2015 Conlan won the European Championships at Bantamweight and scooped Boxer of the Tournament. He competed in four fights beating; French, Danish, Italian and Great Britain representatives. He only lost 3 rounds out of a possible 36 on individual judges scorecards. His final was a repeat of the 2014 Commonwealth Games final against Great Britain's Qais Ashfaq. Conlan took the first in what was a very technical encounter, the Belfast man took the second on a split, by the 3rd round the No.1 seed (Conlan) was in cruise control which seen him take the round and the fight unanimously to retain Ireland's hold on the European 56 kg Bantamweight title and the best boxer award (both of which John Joe Nevin won in 2013).

In October 2015, Conlan won the gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships.[11] It was Ireland's first ever male World Championship gold medal.[12][13] In December 2015, Conlan was named as the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for 2015.[14]

In the men's bantamweight quarterfinal stage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Conlan was eliminated by a controversial call, in which Russia's Vladimir Nikitin was awarded the victory.[15] Conlan reacted by raising his middle finger at the judges and delivering a strongly-worded live television interview to RTÉ, accusing officials in amateur boxing of corruption.[16][17][18] That decision was one of a number that had fellow international boxers and commentators questioning the integrity of Olympic boxing and the scoring system used.[19][20]

Conlan was found placing bets on boxing events at the 2016 Olympic Games, violating the IOC rules. Accordingly, he was sanctioned with a severe reprimand by the Disciplinary Commission of the IOC.[21]


2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Conlan won Bronze in the Olympic Games at Flyweight. Results were:

2014 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Conlan won Gold in the Commonwealth Games at Bantamweight. Results were:

2015 European Championships[edit]

Conlan won Gold in the European Championships at Bantamweight. Results were:

  • France Anthony Bret: Won (3:0)
  • Denmark Frederik Lundgaard Jensen: Won (3:0)
  • Italy Francesco Maietta: Won (3:0)
  • United Kingdom Qais Ashfaq: Won (3:0)

2015 World Championships[edit]

Conlan won Gold in the World Championships at Bantamweight. Results were:

  • Brazil Robenílson Vieira: Won (2:1)
  • Azerbaijan Tayfur Aliyev: Won (3:0)
  • Belarus Dzmitry Asanau: Won (3:0)
  • Uzbekistan Murodjon Akhmadaliev: Won (3:0)

Professional career[edit]

Following the 2016 Olympics and his disillusionment with amateur boxing, Conlan reaffirmed his intentions of turning professional.[22] Despite interest from several big promotions and rumours of a deal being struck with Mayweather Promotions,[23] it was Top Rank who secured Conlan's signature.[24] On 23 September, Bob Arum confirmed that Conlan would be making his professional debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on St. Patrick's Day.[25]

On 17 March 2017, Conlan won his first fight as a professional boxer, beating Tim Ibarra by a third round technical knockout at the theatre at Madison Square Garden.[26][27]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
8 fights 8 wins 0 losses
By knockout 5 0
By decision 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
8 Win 8–0 Brazil Adeilson Dos Santos PTS 8 30 Jun 2018 United Kingdom SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
7 Win 7–0 Spain Ibon Larrinaga UD 8 12 May 2018 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Hungary David Berna TKO 2 (8), 1:00 17 Mar 2018 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Argentina Luis Fernando Molina UD 6 9 Dec 2017 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Kenny Guzman KO 2 (6), 2:59 22 Sep 2017 United States Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Australia Jarrett Owen TKO 3 (6), 1:56 2 Jul 2017 Australia Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Alfredo Chanez TKO 3 (6), 2:59 26 May 2017 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Tim Ibarra TKO 3 (6), 0:59 17 Mar 2017 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Professional debut


In 2013, Conlan appeared in Celebrity Apprentice Ireland on TV3.[28] In 2016, Conlan appeared in Road To Rio on RTE2.



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  2. ^ "Cash boost to help Northern Ireland's boxing clubs off the ropes". The Belfast Telegraph. 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "London 2012: Introducing... Michael Conlan". The Score. 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Walsh: Conlan must control his emotions". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brilliant Conlan adds another medal". The Irish Times. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "London 2012: Boxer Michael Conlan clinches third Irish medal". BBC News. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Michael Conlan beaten in Olympic semi-final". RTÉ News. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Profile". London 2012 Official Site. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Northern Ireland gets second gold medal with Conlan bantamweight win". Irish Sun.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Michael Conlan". Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Conlan becomes the first Irishman to win gold at the World Boxing Championships". The 42. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Michael Conlan: I told everyone I would be world champion – you can call me the Conor McGregor of boxing!". Irish Independent. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Michael Conlan wins World Championship gold". RTÉ Sport. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Michael Conlan named RTÉ Sport Person of the Year". RTÉ Sport. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Michael Conlan: 'AIBA are cheats, fucking cheats, as simple as that'". The Irish Times. 16 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Happe, Liam (16 August 2016). "Rio 2016: Michael Conlan launches incredible profanity-laced rant at 'corrupt' Olympic chiefs". Yahoo News. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Willes, Ed (16 August 2016). "Ed Willes: Irish fighter gives judges the middle finger as corruption allegation engulfs boxing". National Post. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "'Amateur boxing stinks from the core right to the top' – Conlan". Irish Independent. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Gary Russell 'robbed' in loss as problems with Olympic boxing once again revealed", 16 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Boxing judges are 'crazy' over new scoring system". BBC Sport. 17 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "IOC sanctions three athletes for betting on Olympic competitions in Rio 2016" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "'I'm done with amateur boxing' – Michael Conlan confirms he's going pro". The42. 3 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Is Michael Conlan on the verge of signing a professional deal with Mayweather Promotions?". Newstalk. 16 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "Michael Conlan turns pro with Top Rank Boxing". ITV. 19 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "Michael Conlan professional debut confirmed for St. Patrick's Day at MSG". Boxing News and Views. 24 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "'That was beautiful work': McGregor ringside as Michael Conlan delivers first professional win". The 42. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Michael Conlan begins pro career with third-round stoppage win". RTE Sport. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  28. ^ "Judges and Contestants". TV3.ie. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

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