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Michael Conlan eyes quick world title while more tickets released for Falls Park fight

Michael Conlan extended his unbeaten professional record to 11-0 earlier this year in New York (Martin Rickett/PA)
Michael Conlan extended his unbeaten professional record to 11-0 earlier this year in New York (Martin Rickett/PA)

Michael Conlan may have the biggest bout of his professional career so far coming up, but he's already dreaming of a world title.

He doesn't intend to hang about in his quest for global domination, either.

The 27-year-old will take on Diego Alberto Ruiz on Saturday evening looking to extend his perfect professional record to 12 wins from 12.

With the fight just a few days away, 200 more £33 tickets have been added for this weekend's bout. Click here to go to Ticketmaster.

The winner will take both the WBA and WBO Inter-Continental featherweight titles and Conlan is confident of seeing off his Argentinian opponent, who has won 21 of his 23 professional bouts to date.

Conlan, of course, had been due for a rematch against Vladimir Nikitin, who was awarded a controversial victory over the Belfast boxer at the 2016 Olympic Games.

However, the Russian was forced to withdraw from this weekend's bout in Falls Park due to a torn bicep.

While his replacement will provide a stronger test for Conlan, the home fighter is optimistic it can set him up for a world title shot, talking up his recent training with coach Adam Booth.

“I feel it’s been very different this time because I feel a different focus and attention to detail with everything I’m doing," he told MTK Global.

“I’ve found where I want to be and what I want to do again. I know the goals I want to achieve. It doesn’t matter who’s in front of me now – this is the kind of mindset I need to bring into every single fight from now on.

“I want to be world champion within 12 months. I’ve got Ruiz in front of me on Saturday and then I’ll switch my focus on to whoever is next.”

Conlan will take part in the public work-out on the lawn at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday at 1.15pm. The event will start with Paddy Barnes' work-out at 12 noon.

The press conference will take place at the Balmoral Hotel on Blacks Road at 1pm on Thursday with the weigh-in on Friday at 1pm in the Kennedy Centre shopping centre.

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