Conor McGregor My \'polar Opposite\', I Want To Emulate Carl Frampton Michael Conlan

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Michael Conlan insists he made the right decision to launch his professional career in the United States and stated that the easier route would've been to sign with Eddie Hearn or Frank Warren.

All but one of Conlan's (6-0, 5 KOs) professional fights have been in the U.S. but the two-time Irish Olympian, who fights Spain's Ibon Larrinaga (10-1, 2 KOs) on ESPN+ at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, changed his training base at the start of the year from California to England.

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The Belfast, Northern Ireland, native wanted to be closer to family with his fiancée Shauna due to have a second child in July and moved from trainer Manny Robles' Southern California gym to train under Adam Booth, who is based in Redhill, Surrey.

Despite only working a few months together, he admits his style has altered since working with Booth, who has steered the likes of David Haye, Andy Lee and Ryan Burnett to world titles.

"I prided myself as an amateur how I got in and out of range with my feet and when I went to LA I kind of threw it out the window and thought as a professional fighter you need to be a guy who goes forward and just stands there and plants his feet and throws punches, "Conlan told ESPN.

"Adam has given me a better understanding of pro boxing and it's not all about that -- it's about longevity and hitting and not being hit and about being able to enjoy your money after boxing. I have kids and the main thing for me is that I want to be able to enjoy my family and my health after sport."

Conlan now stays in Epsom -- not far from the Racecourse that holds the Derby on June 1 -- and commutes to America for fights.

"California was too far from home," Conlan told ESPN. "I didn't have family circle around me, which I like, the support system is very beneficial to me as an athlete because I'm a family person and close to them.

"It's best for me mentally to be near them and here I'm only an hour away from hour by plane where as LA was an 11 hour flight with an eight or nine hour time difference."

Conlan will box in front of his home city fans in Belfast for the first time on June 30, but insists launching his career with Top Rank in the U.S. was the best career move.

Boxing in Britain is booming at the moment, especially in Northern Ireland with two-weight world champion Carl Frampton and WBA world bantamweight champion Burnett among the elite in their respective divisions.

But rather than concentrating on becoming a bigger star at home, Conlan chose to box in front of American audiences first after swearing at the judges and accusing them of corruption following defeat at the 2016 Olympics.

"It was crazy to launch my career in the U.S.," Conlan told ESPN. "I could have taken an easier route and signed for [promoters] Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn who were offering good money, fight a load of bums and get everyone interested in Belfast and sell out arenas quick.

"But I went somewhere where no one knew me... well, they knew me from something which they shouldn't have known me for. I went there and you've seen the atmospheres that my fights have generated.

"I do believe I chose the harder route but I looked at the promotion of Top Rank and seen what they have done time and time again. Look at all the fighters they have had Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and thought it was the smartest decision because they know how to manage career and bring people through at the right time.

"I feel that for me it was a good decision to go there. You have to go to America at some point, and Carl had to go over there as well to fight Leo Santa Cruz.

"I thought if I can go early and they were going to give me the right backing, they are the biggest promoter in the US, probably the biggest in the world, so if they are going to give me the right backing and right push there's every chance I could break America.

"I think I'm probably more well known in America than a lot of American fighters. I'm selling out arenas. I have people flying in from other parts of America as well as back home to see me fight. It's not just the Irish, it's a mixture."

After a little over a year in the professional career, Conlan wants to step up in class and target world titles soon. The Belfast boxer admits he is not in love with boxing and hopes to achieve his ambitions of winning world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight within six years.

"I feel I'm ready to move with this next guy. I felt like saying I want a tougher challenge but when the carrot of Belfast is dangled in front of you I need to get this guy out the way.

"He's just another guy as part of my journey which I believe is going to go very far. I've been boxing 20 years this year and that's a long time. How long I want to stay in boxing? I'm going to say the next five or six years.

"People ask do you love boxing and I say no. I don't love boxing. I know I'm good at it, I enjoy it, I like fighting. But you ask me about the overall aspect of everything, do you love, I don't say I do."

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