Michael Conlan to seek Jason Quigley’s advice on potential move to America

Michael Conlan will consult former amateur team-mate Jason Quigley about a potential pro move to the United States.
Michael Conlan to seek Jason Quigley’s advice on potential move to America

World amateur champion Conlan is set to turn professional after failing to claim a second Olympic medal following his highly contentious quarter-final defeat to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in Rio.

The 24-year-old Falls Road fighter has not made a final decision on who he will sign professional terms with, but it is understood that Conlan has been approached by a number of US and UK promoters who are interested in securing his signature.

While at least one UK promoter is believed to have made a strong offer, a move to the US is still a possibility and Conlan plans on consulting former Ireland colleague Quigley as the LA-based Donegal middleweight has been busy building his pro career under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy banner on US west coast.

“I haven’t made up my mind on who I’m going to go with. I have a lot of options and over the next few weeks I’m going to have to go and see them [promoters] and sign up,” said Conlan.

“Jason’s done very well with Golden Boy. He went over and took his time and he knows what it’s like in America at the minute, so I’ll talk to him about America, but it all depends.

“I’m very unsure about whether I’ll stay at home or go Stateside,” added the two-time Olympian.

Considering the lack of promotional options in Ireland, should he decide to stay at home Conlan would be more likely to sign up with a UK promotional outfit that could promote big pro shows in Belfast or Dublin.

Conlan’s brother Jamie has built a successful career under the banner of Matthew Macklin’s Gym in Marbella, with the undefeated 29-year-old ranked as the No 3 super-flyweight in the world by the WBO governing body.

But the younger Conlan admitted a move to the US would be more likely if he does decided to go further afield than Ireland or the UK.

“I like England and I like the States, but I don’t think I’ll be going to Spain,” said Michael. “That’s where Jamie is and I wouldn’t want to take up his space.

“He’s worked hard to get where he is and I think he deserves to have his own thing there,” said the 24-year-old, who has a young daughter Luisne with partner Shauna.

“My family are willing to move,” said Conlan. “I’ve always said I’ll try and stay at home for my family, but Shauna and Luisne are happy to come and live where I want to go. They know that it’s for my career and what’s going to best for us. If that’s America, it’s America.”

Conlan’s Ireland team-mate and fellow Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes is also believed to be in final negotiations with a pro promoter.

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