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Date set for Michael Conlan's homecoming Belfast bout

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed that Michael Conlan will have his Belfast homecoming on June 30 at the SSE Arena.

Conlan returns to action on May 12 at Madison Square Garden, when he takes on Ibon Larrinaga, and then looks ahead to the biggest night of his career so far, having already created a big impression Stateside under the guidance of promoter Bob Arum.

The 26-year-old said: "It's a huge honour for me to box back in my home city. I've been to an awful lot of huge boxing events around the world, and there's nowhere that can match the atmosphere the people of Belfast can generate.

"Belfast is a city that loves boxing, and I'm very grateful that I can bring a big show to these shores that I call home.

"I feel I need to pay back all the fans that have been traveling to the States time and time again, to see me fight. This one is for them, and I hope to bring many more fights to Belfast again in the future."

Conlan has now fought six professional bouts, winning all six, but has yet to stage a pro bout in his home city.

As an amateur, he won an Olympic bronze at flyweight in 2012 and followed that up with a gold medal at bantamweight at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

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