Two time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan is turning professional and has signed a deal with Top Rank. Bob Arum, the founder and CEO of Top Rank, and Conlan, announced the deal via twitter on Monday. He has also signed a deal to be managed by MGM (Macklin’s Gym Marbella), owned by former three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin. He will be training out of the Rock Gym in Carson, California, along with current WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez, 20-0, 18 KO’s.
Conlan is from Belfast, Ireland, and he has had a very accomplished amateur career. He finished first in the Northern Ireland National Championships in 2009 and again in 2010, but came up short in the Irish Nation championship later that year, losing in the semifinals. He bounced back in 2011, winning his first Irish national championship, and followed that up by winning it again the next year. Conlan also competed in the 2012 London Olympics.