Undefeated pro boxer tells Eddie Hearn to hold exciting world title fight at Celtic Park

By John McGinley

December 11, 2021

Celtic-supporting professional boxer Michael Conlan has teased ambitions to one day have a fight at Celtic Park.

Conlan is the mandatory challenger to Leigh Wood, who currently holds a WBA featherweight title that could be upgraded to ‘super’ status if Leo Santa Cruz is stripped of his belt. The pair are due to face off in the ring next March regardless, but a venue has yet to be decided for the much-anticipated bout.

Wood fancies it at the home of his idols Nottingham Forest, but Conlan took to Twitter this evening to suggest it should take place at the 60,000 capacity Paradise, tagging both Eddie Hearn and the club.

Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotion holds the rights to the fight which they won with a $1.5m bid last month. [DAZN]

Regardless of where it takes place, Conlan will fancy taking the belt back to Belfast after a 16-fight undefeated streak since turning pro in 2017. Wood also has an impressive record of 25 wins from his 27-fight career.

Conlan isn’t afraid to make his love for Celtic known. He’s a passionate supporter of the club.

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He told the official Celtic website back in 2019 after a fight in Belfast: “Walking out there in front of 10,000 plus in a park which I grew up, where I had many unpaid fights in the past, to ‘Grace’ was amazing. I knew how everybody would react, and then when ‘Let the People Sing’ kicked in, the whole place went buck mad.

“It’s very hard to explain how I felt walking out to that. If I’m honest, it was the best sporting experience of my whole life. Obviously, having kids is different because that’s really personal but in terms of my career that experience was undoubtedly the best ever.

“I’ve been a Celtic fan all my life. The songs that are sung in Celtic Park are close to my heart and close to every Celtic fan’s heart. The fact that I’m able to play them in a boxing atmosphere means a lot to me. You can see how attached people are to those songs and how they affect them emotionally.”

While a fight at Celtic Park this time around may seem unlikely, soon Conlan could be calling the venue shots and whose to say that he won’t light up Paradise one day?

Make it happen!

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