Lee: conlan to achieve 3 in a row
Ireland’s most recent world title challenger Andy Lee is confident Michael Conlan has the ability to sail past
France’s Nordine Ouballi in this evening’s flyweight bronze medal decider.The 2004 Athen’s Olympian and student of the game doesn’t fear an Irish ship wreck and believes Conlan flexibility and talent will ensure he plunders a third boxing medal for Team Ireland.The middleweight told RTE if the 20 year old Belfast fighter is ahead after the first stanza the youngster will continue his London 2012 fairy tale.
“If Michael gets away to a good start he could sail away with this, all their other fights have been close however Michael is improving all the time,” said Lee.
”He should use a tight defense
because this guys a wild puncher, keep your hands close, walk forward and work behind the jab and when you get in close use the right hook. Luckily for Michael if after the first round it is not working, as it has previously for him he is in the lucky position whereby he has the talent to change it up. He is a very adjustable fighter and can change it up mid fight and do what is needed to win”Lee, who lost out to Julio Cesar Chavez in a controversial WBC title bout earlier this year,
also went out of his way to dispel any fears that the atmosphere may get to the young Belfast boy. “There are over 10 ten thousand supporters in the arena, all cheering you, the British supporters have adopted the Irish and are cheering for the Irish fighters as much as our own great supporters have been cheering for our fighters, its an unusual experience, but one Michael has adapted well too, he has one fight under his belt in this atmosphere and as a result I can see him going on and performing a lot better tonight”
Lee believes Conlan has better boxing skills than his French foe, but has goes into the bout with a psychological advantage having beaten Ouballis twice previous.
”It is a psychological advantage when you have had the beatings of someone twice previously, they know it and you know it, 3 in a row hopefully this evening a bronze medal for Michael guaranteed and Ireland‘s 3rd guaranteed bronze will be a great achievement.”