Michael Conlan relaxed ahead of third professional fight
Irish boxer expected to win comfortably against Jarrett Owen in Brisbane
Michael Conlan in action against Tim Ibarra in their featherweight bout in New York in March. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images
The Belfast super bantamweight last fought in Chicago just over a month ago, and arrives in Australia filled with confidence. Brisbane boasts a large Irish population who are expected to arrive at Suncorp Stadium en masse to support Conlan in a bout that he should win comfortably against the current Queensland state champion.
Conlan’s promoter Bob Arum is keeping Conlan on a busy schedule while he works at building the foundations of his professional career and growing his appeal.
Variety of skills
Conlan is expected to compete just before Manny Pacquiao takes on Jeff Horn, giving him the perfect chance to showcase his variety of skills against the unheralded Owen who has lost four and drawn three of his last 12 bouts.
In a short career, Conlan has already charmed much of Irish America, working in tandem with friend Conor McGregor to build his profile. Far from home geographically, he will find considerable comfort in the large sea of Irish fans dressed in green that is expected to greet him when he ducks through the ropes in Brisbane on Sunday.