Featherweight Contender Michael Conlan To Face Miguel
Marriaga In Belfast Homecoming August 6
Irish star Michael “Mick” Conlan is primed to make another
charge at a featherweight world title. Less than five months
removed from his valiant effort against WBA champion Leigh
Wood, it is time for Conlan's summer homecoming.
Conlan will battle Colombian puncher Miguel Marriaga in the
10-round main event Saturday, Aug. 6, at The SSE Arena as
part of Belfast’s annual Féile an Phobail festival.
Conlan-Marriaga and undercard bouts will stream live and
exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.
“There is no place like home, and we are thrilled that Mick
will get another chance to perform in front of the
tremendous Belfast fans,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.
“With a win over a solid opponent like Marriaga, he’ll once
again be contending for a featherweight world title in short
“I’m very excited to be back fighting in my beloved
Belfast,” Conlan said. "Miguel is a great fighter, and
together we'll give the fans a memorable night at The SSE
Arena. This bout will get me straight back in the mix for
world titles, and I’m relishing the task at hand.”
Added Jamie Conlan, CEO of Conlan Boxing: “The road back for
Michael starts with Miguel Marriaga. Miguel is a dangerous
man and one of the biggest punchers in the division who has
mixed it up at the very top. August 6 will be another
electric night in the city in what is becoming an annual
Irish boxing tradition with Michael's fight night at the
Féile festival. The goal remains the same. Michael Conlan
will be Ireland’s next world champion.”
A two-time Irish Olympian, this marks Conlan's fourth
professional outing in Belfast and third time headlining
during Féile an Phobail. In August 2019, he knocked out
Diego Alberto Ruiz in front of a sold-out crowd at Falls
Park. Last summer, another sold-out crowd packed Falls Park
as Conlan (16-1, 8 KOs) bested former junior featherweight
world champion TJ Doheny over 12 rounds. The Doheny victory
earned Conlan the mandatory position to fight Wood. In an
epic Fight of the Year battle, Conlan, who was ahead on the
scorecards, lost via 12th-round stoppage.
Marriaga (30-5, 28 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia, has been a
factor at featherweight and junior lightweight since making
his American debut in 2014. He is a three-time world title
challenger, falling short to Nicholas Walters and Oscar
Valdez at featherweight and Vasiliy Lomachenko in an August
2017 bid for the WBO junior lightweight crown. Marriaga is
5-2 since the Lomachenko fight and returns to featherweight
following a decision loss last December to junior
lightweight contender Eduardo Ramirez.