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Michael Conlan's Feile an Phobail fight to be broadcast on BT Sport

Triumphant: Michael Conlan after his victory over Ruben Garcia Hernandez at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day
Triumphant: Michael Conlan after his victory over Ruben Garcia Hernandez at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day

Michael Conlan's redemption fight against Vladimir Nikitin will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

The 27-year-old will take on his old rival at the Feile an Phobail on Saturday, August 3.

The Falls Park bout will go out on BT Sport as well as American subscription streaming service ESPN+.

Having signed with Top Rank, nine of Conlan's 12 professional fights have taken place in the USA, with his victory over Adeilson dos Santos at the SSE Arena last year his only bout on home soil so far.

He will be keen to get revenge for what was a heartbreaking end to his amateur career against Nikitin at the Olympic Games.

Such was Conlan's performance, Nikitin was so badly beaten up that he was unable to continue in the competition, although still left Rio with a bronze medal after the judges awarded the quarter-final fight to the Russian.

"This is the fight I've wanted since that day, August 16th 2016, which was the worst day in my amateur career and is a wrong that needs to be wrote the right way this time," said Conlan.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it's probably the first fight I've been able to get up for because it's the only fight I've wanted since then.

"This has been something that's been looming over my head since I turned professional, and it's what my amateur career will be remembered for. The fact I can take that away and fix it, I'm very grateful to my management team MTK and my promotion team Top Rank, and obviously Feile an Phobail.

"This will put my amateur career to bed and let me move on to bigger and better things as a pro and achieve everything I set out to achieve."

Since turning professional, Nikitin has only had three fights, but all three have seen him win on the judge's scorecards.

With 11 professional wins, all convincing and six of which came by knockout, Belfast man Conlan is likely to start the bout as the favourite.

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