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Michael Conlan: Belfast fighter to return to ring against Ionut Baluta in London on 30 April

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Michael ConlanOlympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan has won his opening 14 professional fights

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan will return to the ring against Romania's Ionut Baluta in London on 30 April.

The 12-round bout will see unbeaten Conlan, 29, making his debut at super-bantamweight after opting to move down from the featherweight division.

Victory for Conlan will put him in line for a world title shot.

Baluta, 27, has won 14 of his 16 contests including a victory over Ireland's former IBF super-bantamweight champion TJ Doheny.

Conlan, who knocked out former world title challenger Sofiane Takoucht in his last featherweight bout in August to record a 14th straight professional win, is ranked number one by the WBO and eight by the WBA in the super-bantamweight division.

The bout at the Copper Box Arena will be chief support contest on the bill headlined by South African Moruti Mthalane's IBF flyweight title defence against Londoner Sunny Edwards.

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Conlan said he was "very excited" at the prospect of getting back into the ring after he had to pull out of a scheduled world title eliminator against Isaac Dogboe last December because of an ankle injury.

"I know how tough of a fighter Baluta is but I've been training hard since shortly after my last win in August and will be well prepared for victory," said the 2012 Olympic medallist.

"I'm looking forward to putting on a great show and can't wait to get back in the ring."

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