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UFC champion Conor McGregor will be flag bearer for Belfast boxer Michael Conlan's New York fight

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Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Belfast Olympic boxing champ Michael Conlan will make his professional debut in New York's iconic Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day.

And he's now getting some superstar help to cheer him on.

Speaking at the Devenish complex in north Belfast last night - joined on stage with none other than Irish UFC legend Conor McGregor - he told the crowd the fighter would be carrying the flag during his big night in New York.

Conlan has turned the page on the Olympic bronze medal at London 2012, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold, a wonderful World Championship triumph in 2015 at bantamweight and the controversy in Rio in August when a staggering judging decision saw him eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the 2016 Olympics.

It's all about the pro game now.

And come January when he leaves Belfast behind and jets out to live in Los Angeles with his fiancee Shauna and beautiful young daughter Luisne, the target is to be fighting for a world title in the next two years.

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