Conlan Back to Fight in Belfast — Unfortunately Russian Foe won’t

Yes you remember the incident.

The Irish boxer who got robbed by the judges in the 2016 Olympics and gave them the double birds on his way out.

Heartbroken, Michael Conlan was dealt his dose of boxing politics on the biggest amateur stage and robbed of a victory that was rightfully his.

He was supposed to have his big moment of revenge when it was announced that he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Nikitin were to meet again, this time in the professional ring, and this time in Conlan’s hometown of Belfast.

So close to getting the revenge he wanted – but Mick will have to wait.

Back in June it was reported that Nikitin had suffered a bicep injury and was pulled out of the fight by his team.  Hard luck.

MTK, Top Rank, and the whole Conlan team went right to work to get him a replacement and he’s still headlining the show.

Aug. 3: Belfast, Northern Ireland (ESPN+)

  • Michael Conlan vs. Diego Alberto Ruiz, 10 rounds, featherweights
  • Paddy Gallagher vs. Chris Jenkins, 12 rounds, for vacant Commonwealth welterweight title
  • Luke Keeler vs. Luis Arias, 10 rounds, middleweights
  • Padraig McCrory vs. Steve Collins Jr., 8 rounds, super middleweights
  • Paddy Barnes vs. Joel Sanchez, 6 rounds, bantamweights
  • Sean McComb vs. Renald Garrido, 8 rounds, junior welterweights

Even if you don’t have ESPN+ I” tell you who you need to keep your eye on Paddy Barnes (@paddy_bronze on IG) and Sean McComb (@seanmccomb on IG) keep an eye on these lads.  Great follow on Instagram as well, funny dudes.

Tomorrow night on Fox

Aug. 3: New York (Fox/Fox Deportes)

  • Adam Kownacki vs. Chris Arreola, 10 or 12 rounds, heavyweights
  • Title fight: Marcus Brown vs. Jean Pascal, 12 rounds, for Brown’s WBA interim light heavyweight title
  • Curtis Stevens vs. Wale Omotoso, 10 rounds, middleweights

Chris Arreola was the “great brown hope” before we had Andy Ruiz Jr.  There was a time when we thought Chris Arreola would be the first Mexican to win a heavyweight world championship.  The opportunity came, he did not pass the test.

Luckily we have Andy Ruiz Jr. to celebrate because it happened at such more spectacular night for boxing.  Late notice, replacement opponent, short camp but coming right off a recent fight.  Everything about it was amazing.

Ruiz was on Joe Rogan this week.  You definitely should check this out too.

You know who else has a podcast show?  Trevor and Garrity do.

And we just released our biggest episode to date, our interview with Alfonso Gomez.

Not only do you remember him from Season 1 of the Contender on NBC.  He went on to have quite a career, fighting some of the era’s biggest names like Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Jose Luis Castillo, and Arturo Gatti.

Beating Castillo and beating Gatti were seminal moments in his career and I didn’t get the change to ask him which one meant more to him, the conversation was too rich and I didn’t have the chance to break the flow.

You should check this one out, even if you don’t necessarily dig hearing about the Xs and Os of boxing, this one is for you.

Watch the Alfonso Gomez episode of Boxed In here. 

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