Michael Conlan targets world title fight at 2020 Féile after beating Diego Alberto Ruiz in Falls Park
Michael Conlan wants to bring an even bigger boxing night to Falls Park next summer as he targets a world title fight in west Belfast.
The 27-year-old stopped Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz on Saturday evening, delivering the telling blow midway through the ninth round after dominating the bout from start to finish.
Now he wants to double the 10,000 crowd that flocked to Féile an Phobail on Saturday evening by taking on a reigning world featherweight champion at next year's festival.
"Who's to say we can't do it here in the Féile next year?" he told a celebrating stadium.
"They can make it happen and get an extra 10,000 in here. We can get 20,000 in here. It would be unbelievable."
So who might it be against? Leo Santa Cruz has held the WBA belt since beating Carl Frampton in January 2017 while Gary Russell Jr has kept the WBC title for almost twice as long as that. Then there's the potential for Conlan to get Belfast revenge on Josh Warrington, who beat Carl Frampton in December.
The only fight Conlan has ruled out is an all-Belfast bout against Frampton, despite Arum's admission that he would 'love' to pit the pair against each other.
“I can put that to bed," Conlan said. "That’s not happening. Me and Carl are friends and it wouldn’t be good for the city. It isn’t happening.”
But the rest?
"Any of them," smiled Conlan. "With this crowd, I'll fight anyone. This is only the start. I've got more levels to go and I believe I can beat any of them."
And he has Arum's backing to do just that:
"The featherweight division is absolutely incredible. Mick Conlan is right there with them all. He's a work in progress. By next year he can fight anyone in the featherweight division."
Conlan dedicated Saturday's victory to the family of the late Kevin Sheehy.
Belfast Telegraph Digital