Michael Conlan is about to be re-acquainted with Vladimir Nikitin, the Russian fighter who infamously was awarded the decision against him in their quarter-final bout in the Rio Olympics.

Nikitin has been named as Conlan's latest opponent in Madison Square Garden on 14 December, as part of a triple header  headlined by Terence Crawford in his defence of his WBO welterweight title against Teofimo Lopez. 

The pair were due to fight in Belfast in August but the Russian withdrew with a torn bicep just weeks out from the fight. A replacement was found in the form of Argentine fighter Diego Alberto Ruiz who Conlan defeated by technical knockout in the ninth round. 

Conlan's promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing said the Belfast fighter has been asking for this fight ever since he turned professional.

"He finally gets his wish, and I know he wants to correct the tremendous injustice of the Rio Olympics," said the promoter. 

Conlan is 12-0 in his professional career this far, with seven of those victories coming via knockout. 

Nikitin made his professional debut in July 2018 and has won all three of his fights thus far.

Conlan, seeking a second Olympic medal to go with his bronze in London 2012, and the favourite for gold at the outset of the competition, was controversially beaten by the Russian in their quarter-final, a decision which led to a furious tirade from the Belfast man both in and outside the ring in the aftermath.