One of Ireland’s most successful amateur boxers of all time has revealed that he prays for his own safety, as well as his opponent’s well-being before a big match.
Belfast’s Michael Conlan, who famously turned professional after accusing officials in amateur boxing of corruption following the 2016 Olympics, opened up about his faith during an appearance on RTE’s The Tommy Tiernan Show, revealing that he got rosary beads tattooed on his neck so that he’ll never lose them.
“I always prayed before a fight and I could never bring the rosary beads in with me so I just decided one day I’ll get them tattooed on me so it saves me having to carry them all the time and losing them,” he said.
Speaking further on what he prays for Conlan said: “I’d say three Our Fathers, two Hail Marys and hope to God that I’m going to win, that’s if I hadn’t trained. If I had trained I’d say an Our Father and that was it, I’m alright. I always pray for my opponents, too.”
Picture: Michael Conlan wins the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena on 22nd December 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA).