Michael Conlan turns pro with Manny Pacquiao's promoters

BoxingBy Sunday World
Michael Conlan after his shocking defeat in Rio
Michael Conlan after his shocking defeat in Rio

Michael Conlan has confirmed he has turned professional as he has just announced a deal with Top Rank.

The 24-year old announced the news on Twitter.

Top Rank was founded by Bob Arum and Muhammad Ali's manager Jabir Herbert Muhammad in the early 1970s and since then it has promoted some of the sport's superstars, from Floyd Mayweather to Oscar De La Hoya, Marvin Hagler to Roberto Duran.

Based in Las Vegas the biggest name on their books now is Manny Pacquiao, who fights Jessie Vargas on November 5.

After failing to get an Olympic medal in controversial fashion in Rio, Conlan had flagged that he was done with amateur boxing.

Speaking to the BBC after his shock loss to Russian fighter Vladimir Nikitin, Conlan told John Inverdale: "I'm unbelievably angry, I came here for an Olympic gold medal and I feel I've been cheated of that.

"I wanted to be a two-time Olympic medallist and an Olympic champion and today my dream has been shattered. It's been robbed.

"I'll not do another Olympic Games, I'll advise anybody not to compete for AIBA because they are probably one of the most corrupt companies in the world."

Earlier today fellow Olympian Paddy Barnes also signed up with professional promoters, MGM Marbella.