World champion Michael Conlan arrives home
Newly crowned world boxing champion Michael Conlan was back home on Irish soil last night ahead of a special ceremony in his honour today.
Ireland's first male world champion, Belfast man Michael arrived back at Dublin airport following his victory over rival Uzbekistan's Murodjon Akhmadaliev in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Qatar earlier this week.
The new AIBA world champ will be honoured at Belfast City Hall today at 1pm and he is said to be keen to thank his home support for all their unstinting encouragement as he defeated all before him to take the title.
The city is expected to come to a standstill for a while as the 23-year-old shows off his new bantamweight gold medal outside the City Hall.
The boxer added the lastest piece of silverware to Ireland's growing number of titles, fighting his way to success with a unanimous points victory, despite getting knocked down in the final round.
Michael can now add his world title to the Olympic bronze medal he won at London 2012, and the European Elite and Commonwealth titles he already holds.
Michael will be on board a bus alongside fellow Belfast boxer, Brendan Irvine and Irish contender Sean McComb who joined the new champ in Doha.
The bus will leave City Hall at 1pm for a journey up the Falls, taking in a number of pubs along the way.