Everything you need to know as Michael Conlan bids to bounce back from his world title defeat earlier this year against Jordan Gill in Belfast this weekend.
Conlan lost to IBF Featherweight World Champion Luis Alberto Lopez in five rounds earlier this year, which was his second world title defeat after falling short against Leigh Wood last year.
The Olympian returns at super-featherweight for his clash with Gill and he’s hoping a win in front of a packed home crowd can spur a return to title contention.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the showdown...
|What||Michael Conlan v Jordan Gill|
|Where||The SSE Arena, Belfast|
|When||22:00, Saturday, 2nd December|
|Where to watch||DAZN|
|Odds||Michael Conlan 1/7, Jordan Gill 9/2|
Conlan and Gill clash on Saturday 2nd December and the bout is scheduled for 12-rounds.
The fight takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
This is Conlan’s fourth consecutive fight at the former Odyssey Arena, having lost his clash with Lopez in his hometown back in May. The Irish fighter did manage to win his first two fights at the SSE in 2022.
The SSE is the biggest arena in Belfast and previously hosted some of Carl Frampton’s biggest bouts. Frampton’s last outing at the arena saw him beat Nonito Donaire to the WBO interim featherweight title in 2018.
The fight will be shown live worldwide on DAZN.
There are no belts on the line in this bout, with Gill fresh from surrendering the European Featherweight title and Conlan losing his recent title fight. The pair will both be hoping a win can put them back in line for a shot at another belt.
(18-2, 9 KOs)
Conlan has an 18-2 record across his professional fights, having appeared at the Olympics twice as an amateur, winning Bronze at London 2012.
Conlan won each of his first 16 fights to set up a shot at the WBA featherweight title in 2022. He made a bright start to that bout too, knocking down champion Leigh Wood in the first round and he was ahead on the cards before he was stopped in the 12th.
Conlan put himself back in the title frame with wins over Miguel Marriaga and Karim Guerfi later that year, both coming at the SSE Arena. He put Marriaga down three times on his way to a unanimous decision victory, before landing a first-round stoppage against Guerfi.
However, his shot at the IBF title also didn’t go his way, losing in front of a home crowd in the fifth. The 31-year-old is hoping to build back to another world title shot, starting with a win in December.
(27-3, 19 KOs)
Gill has won 27 of his 30 professional fights, but he fell to just his second defeat at Wembley in October last year when he lost out to Kiko Martinez. He had won the European featherweight title just one fight previously, beating Karim Guerfi at the O2 Arena in London.
Gill has won by decision in 19 of his 27 victories, losing twice by knockout. He drew with Alan Castillo at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in December 2021. While Gill’s record tends towards decisions, four of his last seven victories have come by knockout.
Gill went down four times in his loss to Martinez last year, with his side throwing in the towel in the fourth after he went down twice in that round alone.
With Gill returning to the ring after a year away, he’ll be hopeful that this is the first step towards recovering from that setback. However, he heads to Northern Ireland as a firm outsider.
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