Michael Conlan (boxer)

Michael John Conlan (born 19 November 1991) is an Irish professional boxer. As an amateur, Conlan reached number one in the AIBA bantamweight world rankings,[1] with achievements that include a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and gold at the 2015 World Championships. He has been one of Ireland's most successful amateur fighters of all time.[2]

Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan Web Summit.jpg
Conlan at Web Summit in Dublin, 2015
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Born (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 28)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
StanceOrthodox / Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights13
Wins by KO7


Conlan was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His father and coach, John, hails from Drimnagh, County Dublin.[3] His elder brother, Jamie, is also a professional boxer.

Amateur careerEdit

Conlan won his first Ulster novice title at the age of 11, and is a three-time Irish national flyweight champion.[4] In his debut match at the 2012 Olympics, he defeated Ghanaian boxer Duke Micah, having received a bye in the first round.[5] In the quarter final, he defeated French boxer Nordine Oubaali by 22–18, guaranteeing himself a bronze medal.[6][7] Conlan lost his semi-final bout against Cuba's Robeisy Ramírez, who went on to win gold in the final.[8][9]

After the Olympics, Conlan would go on to win a silver medal at the 2013 European Championships in Minsk, losing to Welsh boxer Andrew Selby by 1:2.[10]

Conlan moved up from flyweight to bantamweight and on 2 August 2014 he won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, beating England's Qais Ashfaq. Conlan won despite only returning to training two weeks prior following an injury.[11][12]

2015 started off with Conlan competing in the World Series of Boxing for Italia Thunder. Conlan and his team mate, fellow Irish boxer Paddy Barnes, would compete in seven fights over 14 weeks in an effort to try and secure qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 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 third round the No.1 seed (Conlan) was in cruise control which saw him take the round and the fight unanimously to retain Ireland's hold on the European 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 World Championships.[13] It was Ireland's first ever male World Championship gold medal.[14][15] In December 2015, Conlan was named as the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for 2015.[16]


2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

Won bronze in the 2012 Summer Olympics at flyweight. Results were:

2013 European ChampionshipsEdit

Won silver in the 2013 European Championships at flyweight. Results were:

  •   Narek Abgaryan: Won (3:0)
  •   Sergey Loban: Won (TKO 2)
  •   Ovik Oganisyan: Won (2:1)
  •   Andrew Selby: Lost (1:2)

2014 Commonwealth GamesEdit

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

2015 European ChampionshipsEdit

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

  •   Anthony Bret: Won (3:0)
  •   Frederik Lundgaard Jensen: Won (3:0)
  •   Francesco Maietta: Won (3:0)
  •   Qais Ashfaq: Won (3:0)

2015 World ChampionshipsEdit

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

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

Conlan lost at the quarter-finals stage in the 2016 Summer Olympics at bantamweight. Results were:

Professional careerEdit

Following the 2016 Olympics and his disillusionment with amateur boxing, Conlan reaffirmed his intentions of turning professional.[17] Despite interest from several big promotions and rumours of a deal being struck with Mayweather Promotions,[18] it was Top Rank who secured Conlan's signature.[19] 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.[20]

On 17 March 2017, Conlan won his first fight as a professional boxer, beating Tim Ibarra by a third round technical knockout (TKO) at the theatre at Madison Square Garden.[21][22] Controversy was stirred at the start of the fight, when Conlan walked into the arena to a song playing that had pro-IRA lyrics (see below).


Profanity when accusing Olympic boxing judges of corruptionEdit

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.[23] 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.[24][25][26] 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.[27][28]

Betting violationEdit

Conlan was found placing bets on boxing events at the 2016 Summer Olympics, violating the IOC rules. Accordingly, he was sanctioned with a severe reprimand by the Disciplinary Commission of the IOC.[29]

Pro Irish Republican 'ring walk'Edit

In his eleventh professional bout, Conlan arrived in Madison Square Garden with the song Celtic Symphony playing and some of the crowd chanting "Ohh ahh up the 'Ra".[30] Some, including Northern Irish former world champion Dave McAuley, called for action from boxing regulatory bodies. The niece of an IRA bombing victim suggested that Conlan had "glorified terrorism" and criticised the boxer by suggesting he was the antithesis of other boxers like Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton who had always strived to keep a cross-community spirit in boxing.[31] Promoter Barney Eastwood echoed McAuley's sentiment, saying it "should never have been allowed to come about". Politicians and boxing coach John Breen also suggested that Conlan will have lost support because of it.[32][33] Conlan subsequently apologised for his "misjudgement" in using Celtic Symphony as his ring-walk music.[34]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
13 fights 13 wins 0 losses
By knockout 7 0
By decision 6 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
14 N/A N/A   Belmar Preciado N/A – (10) 17 Mar 2020   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
13 Win 13–0   Vladimir Nikitin UD 10 14 Dec 2019   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title
12 Win 12–0   Diego Alberto Ruiz TKO 9 (10), 1:34 3 Aug 2019   Falls Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title;
Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental featherweight title
11 Win 11–0   Ruben Hernandez UD 10 17 Mar 2019   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title
10 Win 10–0   Jason Cunningham UD 10 22 Dec 2018   Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title
9 Win 9–0   Nicola Cipolletta TKO 7 (8), 1:55 20 Oct 2018   Park Theater, Paradise, Nevada, US
8 Win 8–0   Adeilson Dos Santos PTS 8 30 Jun 2018   SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
7 Win 7–0   Ibon Larrinaga UD 8 12 May 2018   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
6 Win 6–0   David Berna TKO 2 (8), 1:00 17 Mar 2018   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
5 Win 5–0   Luis Fernando Molina UD 6 9 Dec 2017   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
4 Win 4–0   Kenny Guzman TKO 2 (6), 2:59 22 Sep 2017   Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, US
3 Win 3–0   Jarrett Owen TKO 3 (6), 1:56 2 Jul 2017   Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
2 Win 2–0   Alfredo Chanez TKO 3 (6), 2:59 26 May 2017   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
1 Win 1–0   Tim Ibarra TKO 3 (6), 0:59 17 Mar 2017   The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US


In 2013, Conlan appeared in Celebrity Apprentice Ireland on TV3.[35] In 2016, Conlan appeared in Road To Rio on RTE2.



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