WATCH: Michael Conlan targets titles in multiple weight classes ahead of professional debut

The former amateur world champion will face Tim Ibarra in his first fight in the professional ranks next week

BY Cian Roche 18:11 Wednesday 18 January 2017, 18:11 18 Jan 2017

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Michael Conlan has set his sights on winning titles in multiple weight divisions ahead of his professional debut in in March.

The Belfast native faces Tim Ibarra (4-4) in his first bout in the professional ranks and said today his aim is to conquer a number of different divisions.

Madison Square Garden will be the venue for the bout on St Patrick's Day and the 25-year-old says he is already looking forward to his professional career.

"The journey is going to be a good one. I'm planning on winning titles in the super-bantamweight division, the featherweight division and the super-featherweight division," he said.

"I truly believe in my ability. I feel like I'm a fighter who speaks with complete confidence at all times. No matter who is in front of me, no matter what day it is, no one is going to beat me.

"With Top Rank [Promotions] and Matthew Macklin behind me, we're going all the way to the top."

Conlan was last in the ring as an amateur during his controversial loss to Russian Vladamir Nikitin at the Olympic Games in Rio and vowed he would never box under the AIBA again.

Ahead of his debut, rumours have circulated that Conor McGregor will fly the Irish flag as Michael Conlan during his walk to the ring, that were confirmed today by Top Rank's Carl Moretti.

"Come March 17, it's going to be special. The debut is going to be something else. The entrance and everything that is going to happen is something you haven't seen before. 

"It's a dream for me coming here. I still feel a bit overwhelmed being here in the Garden. For my debut to be here on St Patrick's Day is going to be something really special."

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