Exciting featherweight prospect Michael Conlan returns to the hallowed Madison Square Garden for the fourth time this Saturday night as he faces Spaniard Iban Larringa on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko v Jorge Linares headline bout.
Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) needed just five minutes to put away David Berna in his last fight a few months ago. Some thought that Berna, a loser twice in 17 fights, might give Conlan some trouble, but the Irish sensation dropped Berna twice en route to a second-round stoppage.
The 26-year-old Conlan was hoping that Berna might test him.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a fight with someone undefeated because I want to step up again and show what I can do," Conlan told the Irish Times last month. "It felt great to be in there against Berna. The fans turned out and the atmosphere was simply amazing. I wish the fight had gone on longer, but that’s the way it goes sometimes."
The fight against Berna was Conlan’s debut performance under the guidance of new trainer Adam Booth.
"My trainer, Adam Booth, has brought back what I’m good at, which is using my boxing skills to break opponents down rather than steam in there and try to take them out quickly," said Conlan.
As long as he gets past Larrinaga, a victor in 10 0f his 11 matches, Conlan’s next fight will feature the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist fighting in his hometown of Belfast, Ireland.
"For me, to be back in Belfast is a dream come true," Conlan said. "Once I signed the professional contract in America with Top Rank, one thing I wanted to make sure is that once a year I would fight at home. The first year, it hasn’t been doable because I wanted to wait for a really meaningful bout. What a huge honor it is for me to box back in my home city.
“Belfast is a city that loves boxing, and I’m very grateful that I can bring a big show to these shores that I call home. I feel I need to pay back all the fans that have been traveling to the U.S., time and time again, to see me fight.”
Conlan shouldn’t have much trouble with Larrinaga who lacks pop and was stopped last year.