Olympian Michael Conlan will get his second crack at a world title, when he faces IBF featherweight champion Luis Alberto Lopez at the SSE Arena on May 27.

Last March, Conlan nearly stopped then WBA champion Leigh Wood in the early rounds - but faded in the championship rounds and was ultimately knocked out cold in the twelfth and final round.

"This means the world to me. It's been just over a year since the last time I fought for a world title and lost, but I believe I rebuilt the right way. Now I'm on the cusp of becoming a world champion again and I believe I will do it this time," Conlan said, according to Belfast Media.

"It would be a lifetime goal achieved and I've said since I began boxing that I wanted to become a world champion of the professional game. If I don't, I'll be very underwhelmed and disappointed as it will feel like I've underachieved in my professional career, so the fact I have the chance to do it in front of the home crowd will tick it off the list."

Lopez captured the title last December, when he traveled over to Leeds and upset Josh Warrington by twelve round decision.

He's been riding a very solid streak of wins.

Conlan is expecting a very tough fight.

"I believe he's a fantastic fighter, very dangerous and unorthodox. He does some crazy stuff in the ring and will come into this fight with massive confidence," Conlan said.

"He went to Leeds and won the world title, so is coming here to defend it and will come full of belief. But I believe I will beat him and beat him well. I've just worked on improving and think what will stand to me will be experience.

"That world title fight (against Wood) where it was 100 miles per hour for 12 rounds and obviously I lost, but I was putting my foot on the gas at times when I shouldn't have. I know the mistakes I made so go into this one conscious of not making them again."