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Michael Conlan to face Jordan Gill on Dec. 2, Matchroom add NXTGEN show in November

Michael Conlan and Jordan Gill will square off in December.

Michael Conlan and Jordan Gill will square off in December
Michael Conlan and Jordan Gill will square off in December
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Michael Conlan will face Jordan Gill in a featherweight main event on Dec. 2 in Belfast, with both fighters looking to come back from rough losses.

Matchroom Boxing announced a pair of cards during today’s show in Sheffield, with the other being a Nov. 11 “NXTGEN” prospect showcase on Nov. 11 in Newcastle, headlined by Pat McCormack (5-0, 4 KO) vs Peter Dobson (16-0, 9 KO).

Conlan (18-2, 9 KO) was last out on May 27, where he was stopped in the fifth round in a challenge for Luis Alberto Lopez’s IBF featherweight title. Gill (27-2-1, 8 KO) was stopped in four by Kiko Martinez when we last saw him in Oct. 22.

It would be a stretch to call it “make or break” in some ways, because neither Conlan, 31, nor Gill, 29, are really serious, top-level contenders at 126.

But it should be a good fight, is well-matched, and Conlan can still move tickets in Belfast, so he headlines cards.

On the Dec. 2 undercard:

  • Middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko (13-0, 7 KO) faces former British 154 lb champ Troy Williamson (20-1-1, 14 KO) in what could be another really good fight, a solid step up for Agyarko and a chance for Williamson to really bounce back from his loss to Josh Kelly, which will be one year ago to the day of this event.
  • Tyrone McKenna (23-3-1, 6 KO) faces Lewis Crocker (17-0, 10 KO) in what will be a good chance for both to score a solid win and keep moving.
  • Sean McComb (17-1, 5 KO) takes on Sam Maxwell (17-2, 11 KO), a former British and Commonwealth champ at 140.

None of those fights are likely to “wow” you on paper, but every one is well-matched, too.

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