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Bob Arum Is Coming To Belfast To Announce Next Michael Conlan Fight

Bob Arum Is Coming To Belfast To Announce Next Michael Conlan Fight

Top Rank's Bob Arum is due in Belfast next Tuesday afternoon for a press conference, alongside Michael Conlan, that will reveal the featherweight's next fight.

Since turning professional, the world champion and Olympic silver medallist has only fought once in Ireland despite entering the ring on 11 occasions. Now, it looks like Conlan is ready to headline an event in his home city.

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The fight, it is understood, will come during the Féile an Phobail festival which is occurring in the city during the summer. The fight is also expected to be an open-air event, as opposed to the last bout he fought in the city at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

Next Tuesday's press conference, taking in place in Belfast's Balmoral hotel, will kick-off at 1pm and will be open to members of the public.

Meanwhile, Conlan has apologised for causing offence during his last fight after he used the Wolfe Tones' Celtic Symphony during his ring-walk at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day.

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The use of the song, which includes the words 'Up the RA', drew widespread criticism, with a number of Unionist politicians scathing of the tune of choice for the Belfast pugilist.

The 27-year-old has stated that he will not use the music again, telling BBC: "I misjudged the reaction and to the people I offended I definitely apologise."

He continued:

I wasn't listening to what anyone was singing - I was focused on my opponent and doing my job.

It was a misjudgement by me and we'll not be using the music again. I've learned that I'm a role model, I'm under the microscope and things like this are not good for boxing.

Boxing is a sport that brings people together. I always want to be part of that and going forward I will be a part of that completely.

Coming into this summer's fight, Conlan currently boasts an unbeaten record after 11 professional fights; his last bout saw him win the WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title.

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