Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] headlines ‘Frampton Reborn,’ in a comeback homecoming fight against Horacio Garcia, while Jamie Conlan [19(11)-0] takes on IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in the hope of becoming Ireland’s third current champion.
Who’d have thought it?
Jamie Conlan himself, that’s who.
Oddly prophetic quotes from early in ‘The Mexican’s’ career have emerged, and the Falls Road fighter’s forecasts have turned out to be quite across.
Back at the turn of the decade, Irish-Boxing.com was run by Cormac Campbell and Steve Wellings – and the pair also provided press releases for a young Cyclone Promotions.
At this time both Carl Frampton and Jamie Conlan were signed to the McGuigan-run outfit, and in September of 2010 they ran their first show.
The Ulster Hall was the venue as Carl Frampton, then 6(3)-0, stepped up to eight rounds to take on three-time European title challenger Yuriy Voronin of Ukraine, while a 3(1)-0 Conlan was lined up to face Welshman Kyle King.
An ambitious Conlan, 23 at the time, said that “I know my fans will be supporting Carl in the main event and his fans will support me as well so hopefully in the future both of us will be topping bills in Belfast and winning British, Commonwealth, European, and World titles.”
“I think we both have the ability to do that.”
‘The Jackal’ would stop Voronin in the third that night while, after a late change of opponent, Conlan also scored a third round stoppage over Hyusein Hyuseinov.
Since then Frampton has claimed Commonwealth, European, and World honours, while Conlan has picked up a Commonwealth belt ahead of his maiden World title tilt.
Both fighters, former team mates on the Irish High Performance Unit, have since left Cyclone, with Conlan departing in early 2015, while Frampton made his high profile exit just a few months ago. Both also now find themselves promoted by Frank Warren and managed/advised by Mack The Knife Global
Dreams of fighting for world titles and headlining bills weren’t the only things that have come true for Conlan either who, as always, made sure to mention his younger brother.
Then only a teenager, Mick was helping Jamie prepare for the Setanta Sports-broadcast card. The youngster himself was gearing up for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, the following month.
Jamie outlined how “I’ve been sparring with Michael. Hopefully when Michael wins the Commonwealth Games I will be ready to fight for the Commonwealth title. That would be great.”
The younger Conlan was eliminated in the opening round of these Commonwealth Games, but would eventually win gold four years later in Glasgow. Similarly, Jamie would have to wait a near six years to get his hands on the rainbow belt when he dethroned Anthony Nelson in the 2016 Fight of the Year.
Thanks to Cormac for bringing this to our attention!