Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz has been confirmed as Michael Conlan's opponent for next month's WBO Inter-Continental belt defence in Belfast.
The unbeaten Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) was originally supposed to fight Rio 2016 rival Vladimir Nikitin but the Russian, who controversially won their Olympic fight, was forced to pull out with a bicep injury last week.
Today it was announced that WBC Latino Silver featherweight king Ruiz (21-2, 10 KOs) will take on the 27-year-old Belfast featherweight at Féile an Phobail in Falls Park on 3 August.
@mickconlan11's Belfast homecoming has a new opponent: Diego Alberto "El Profeta" Ruiz. Conlan & Ruiz will face off in a 10-round featherweight bout as part of the Féile an Phobail summer festival 🥊🇮🇪#ConlanRuiz is coming to @ESPN+ Sat, August 3 at 5PM ET! #TheConlanRevolution pic.twitter.com/JO70S8Qs2S— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 3, 2019
Conlan said: "The show goes on. A bigger fight is happening. A harder fight is happening. A better performance will happen. My motivation and mindset haven't changed.
"I’ve got a high-class fighter ranked highly in the world. I’m expecting him to cause me more problems than what Nikitin could have caused me.
"Maybe, once I’m world champion, I might give Nikitin a shot but for now I’m moving on because it was more stalling my career than advancing it in terms of the level I’m at.
"Facing a higher level of opponent is better for me. I want to push on towards world titles and big, big fights and I have to start going through the gears now."
Also confirmed on the card are Paddy Barnes, Sean McComb, Alfredo Meli vs. Araik Marutjan, Padraig McCrory, Callum Bradley, Seanie Duffy and Dee Sullivan.