Michael Conlan wants to be some-more like Carl Frampton than Conor McGregor as he prepares for his seventh veteran quarrel on a Jorge Linares-Vasiliy Lomachenko undercard during Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs), 26, faces Spain’s Ibon Larrinaga (10-1, 2 KOs) in New York and afterwards has his initial pro quarrel in his home nation opposite Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos during a SSE Arena, Belfast, on Jun 30. Both cards will be streamed on ESPN+.
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Conlan combined headlines during a 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with his center finger salute to fighting judges following his better to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin.
Controversial churned martial humanities warrior McGregor, from Dublin, afterwards walked Conlan to a ring on his entrance during Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day final year. But Conlan insists he should not be compared to McGregor and instead wants to follow in a footsteps of two-weight universe fighting champion Frampton.
“Connor McGregor has played a outrageous partial for Irish competition and people wish to see who a subsequent Connor McGregor is,” Conlan told ESPN. “People have seen a Rio diatribe and they have seen that this could be a subsequent Connor McGregor.
“Personally we consider we are both frigid opposites. Yes we are both assured though we consider we would lift myself with a bit some-more humility. For me to be means to squeeze a public’s imagination like Carl did would be something I’ve always wanted to do.
“It’s uncanny for me that I’ve always known, not in an conceited or cocky way, though I’ve always famous where I’m going to be and what I’ve been means to do and so distant we have achieved it.
“I know we will be means to do it and we wish we can obey Carl and do for Belfast what he has finished for Belfast and lift a torch. The atmosphere in Belfast for fighting is special and if we can lift that same arrange of atmosphere and vibe into Belfast and Irish fighting we will be happy.
“I consider it’s going to be like ships flitting in a night, we won’t quarrel any other. Before years ago we used to call Carl out and things though we was only immature and looking behind it was only stupid.
“This man is an comprehensive idol where we am from and someone we demeanour adult to, observant what he’s doing. “He’s a unequivocally down to earth man and we wish we can grasp half of what he has achieved since he has finished so much.”
Conlan, who won an Olympic bronze award in 2012, sealed with American upholder Top Rank after a 2016 Olympics and is now anticipating for a rematch with Nikitin as good as a destiny quarrel with American Shakur Stevenson (6-0, 3 KOs), from New Jersey, who won china in Rio. Both Stevenson and Nikitin are also with Top Rank.
“Stevenson, it’s a healthy fight, though a one we unequivocally wish is Nikitin,” Conlan told ESPN. “Nikitin messaged me on Instagram a other day, sent me a design of a essay observant he has sealed with Top Rank and observant something in Russian like ‘I am your friend’.
“I didn’t respond to it, we have no ill feeling towards him personally, it wasn’t his error and he didn’t distinction from it and he’s substantially got some-more hang than he should have.
“He’s a fella we wish and it’s unequivocally marketable. Stevenson has good fighting skills and is a intelligent fighter, though he doesn’t have a energy to difficulty me. we wish to have Russian on St Patrick’s Day subsequent year possibly in a large room in a Garden or Belfast.”