Boxing | Conlan to fight Preciado on St. Patrick’s Day

Michael Conlan will fight Belmar Preciado at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day.

Belfast featherweight Conlan will fight at the iconic New York venue, where he made his professional debut, on St. Patrick’s Day for the fourth successive year.

Conlan (13-0) won all three of his fights in 2019, including a points decision over his former Olympic foe Vladimir Nikitin.

The 28-year-old will now take on Columbian Preciado, who represents a considerable step up in quality from Conlan’s recent opponents, in a 10-round fight at Hulu Theater.

“I’m honored to return to the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden, and fight for the fourth straight St. Patrick’s Day,” Conlan said. 

“I know how tough Preciado is, but this fight is a great test as I continue on my path towards becoming a world champion. Fighting in New York City is very special for me.

“The fans have been very supportive right from the beginning at my pro debut on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017, and I look forward to putting on another tremendous show for them this year.”

Preciado (23-2) has won two successive fights since suffering defeat to former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa in December 2018.

“The fans will be there to see Conlan, but mark my words, they will remember me,” Preciado said. 

“I am more than just another ‘opponent.’ When I win, I won’t be surprised. I am prepared for a hard 10 rounds.”