Michael Conlan believes he has turned pro at the right time in his boxing career.
The bantamweight will make his pro debut in New York on St Patrick's Day next and is confident that one day he will be a multi-weight world champion, while adding that he has gained vital experience remaining amateur until now.
Speaking at a press conference in Belfast after signing for promoters Top Rank, the 2012 Olympic medallist said: "For me [going pro] came at the right time.
"I think if I had gone pro after London it would have been too soon. So it was good to stay in the amateur game to get a lot more experience and publicity.
"I think I have turned over at the right time and am with the best team in MGM and Top Rank. There is not a better set up for me to part of.
"I'm delighted to be on this journey with these people - people who have brought people from Olympic level to world champions."
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