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Michael Conlan gets opponent for Dec. 22 fight

Jason Cunningham will face the prospect next month.

Michael Conlan v Ibon Larrinaga Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Top featherweight prospect Michael Conlan is set to return to the ring on Dec. 22 in Manchester, and now he’s got an opponent: veteran southpaw Jason Cunningham.

From ESPN:

“He is a good, experienced fighter who has been in with some top guys and I am looking forward to facing this challenge head on in only my 10th fight. It is something I am excited about and something where I believe I can show the best Michael Conlan. I have been calling for stiffer opposition for a while now.”

Conlan (9-0, 6 KO) has been very good thus far in his pro career after a standout amateur run that ended in some controversy at the 2016 Olympics, and Cunningham (24-5, 6 KO) is a nice next step for him as he works his way up the ladder.

The 29-year-old Cunningham is a former Commonwealth champion at both bantamweight and featherweight. He’s capable enough to serve as a credible stepping stone for Conlan, without, most likely, offering much real chance of an upset as Conlan grows into bigger fights.

Conlan-Cunningham will be part of the Warrington-Frampton undercard.

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