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Michael Conlan to fight Tim Ibarra in professional debut on St Patrick's Day in New York

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan will fight American Tim Ibarra in his first professional bout at New York's Madison Square Garden Theater on St Patrick's Day.

The 25-year-old's fight will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Paddy with his fellow Belfast boxers, from left Jamie Conlan, Michael Conlan and Carl Frampton
Paddy with his fellow Belfast boxers, from left Jamie Conlan, Michael Conlan and Carl Frampton

Tickets for the match go on sale from tomorrow.

Last month Conlan was fined £7,774 by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for his explosive reaction immediately after his controversial defeat to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin at the Rio Olympics last August.

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But the AIBA, the Switzerland-based world governing body for amateur boxing, "reluctantly agree" that the fine of 10,000 Swiss francs, the maximum it can impose, may never be paid because the Belfast bantamweight has turned pro and is no longer under their jurisdiction.

However, if Conlan wants to re-register with a National Federation or return as an amateur coach in the future, he will have to pay the fine before AIBA reopen the case and consider his application.

The three-man AIBA Disciplinary Commission accept that Conlan - who is still ranked No 1 in the world by AIBA and is their current world bantam champion - was "extremely distraught" after the 56kg bout.

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