Mick Conlan knows he can improve ahead of Chicago fight date

Mick Conlan [1(1)-0] is promising an improved performance when he takes to the ring for his second pro fight later this month.

The Belfast super bantamweight tops another Top Rank card, live on UniMas, on Friday May 26th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

The fight date comes just over two months after his first fight, where Conlan headlined The Theater at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day in one of the biggest debuts ever seen.

While the atmosphere and occasion was stunning in New York, Conlan was not happy with his own performance against Tim Ibarra, rating it an ‘F.’

It certainly did take Conlan, who eventually stopped Ibarra in the third, a few rounds to get going and there were understandable nerves considering the scale of the event.

Nevertheless, he would take it all in his stride and get the win, and now he is looking to build on it in Chi-Town.

Speaking at a media day in Chicago, Conlan described how “New York was something I couldn’t even dream of, just a great night.”

“That was my first performance as a professional. I just know I can do better and look forward to a better performance in my second fight.”

“I know how good I want to be and I know I can improve on a lot more.”

“This is the next step. My preparation will be the same. It’s my job and I look forward to fighting here in Chicago.

The fight in Chicago is part of Top Rank’s plan to bring Conlan around all the major Irish hubs in America, and the Falls Road fighter is a big fan The Windy City

“I loved what I’ve seen of Chicago,” he admitted. “It’s my first time here, it’s got a huge Irish population and it’s always nice to be surrounded by locals.”

“A lot of people have contacted me by way of social media who live here in Chicago.”

“It should be a great crowd.”

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