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Michael Conlan heads Down Under as he seals slot on Pacquiao bill

 

By David Kelly

Michael Conlan will have his third professional fight on the undercard of superstar Manny Pacquiao's WBO World welterweight title defence in Brisbane.

Conlan will seek to chalk up his second victory on May 29 in Chicago before then looking ahead to July 2 Down Under.

"If all goes well, he'll fight in Brisbane on Manny Pacquiao's World championship undercard," said Top Rank Vice-President Carl Moretti.

Pacquiao will be defending his belt against Aussie Jeff Horn at the SunCorp Stadium in Brisbane which will offer Conlan another huge stage to showcase his talent, having made his debut at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's night.

"I know how good I want to be and I know I can improve on a lot more," he said. "After New York City I took some time off and spent some time with my family and just relaxed.

"This is the next step. My preparation will be the same. It's my job and I look forward to fighting here in Chicago."

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua's stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko has made him the biggest name in world boxing, according to Mike Tyson.

Heavyweight Joshua climbed off the canvas to stop Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium last Saturday.

Although the WBA, IBO and IBF titles are now Joshua's, Tyson revealed he picked Klitschko to emerge victorious before the fight but believes the Briton's performance displayed all the attributes needed to reign in the division for years to come.

"It was a great fight," Tyson said. "I had picked Klitschko to win as I thought this was just some jumped-up young guy from England. He showed heart. He took a big punch and went down but he got back up.

"With what Joshua can bring everyone will want to fight him. After the Klitschko fight, nobody is going to want to watch Deontay Wilder or any of those guys. They want the best - and the best is Joshua."

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