Michael Conlan set to face Tim Ibarra in his pro boxing debut in New York on St Patrick's Day

The identity of his opponent had been unknown

Michael Conlan set to face Tim Ibarra in his pro boxing debut in New York on St Patrick's Day

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The identity of the boxer Michael Conlan will take on in his first professional fight has been revealed.

The Belfast boxer will take on American fighter Tim Ibarra as revealed by Irish Boxing News, with Conlan retweeting the announcement on his Twitter account.

Ibarra is a bantamweight from Colorado and has eight professional fights to his name, registering four wins and four losses.

Conlan's bout with Ibarra will take place in the theatre at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day. 

The official announcement of the Conlan fight will take place on Wednesday at a press conference at New York's Madison Square Garden Chase Square.

Conlan's friend and former Team Ireland team-mate Paddy Barnes is also due to be on the undercard of the St Patrick's Day fight.

And on a bumper weekend of Irish boxing in New York, 2012 Olympic champions Katie Taylor will continue to take further steps in her professional career, with a fight on March 18th.

That will be on the undercard of the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO title middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and American challenger Daniel Jacobs.