Michael Conlan will most likely face British or Irish opposition next suggests coach Adam Booth.
Plans are in place to get the Olympian out in Belfast his August. MTK Vice President Jamie Conlan previously revealed plans for a behind closed doors late summer card on which both his younger brother and Carl Frampton would appear.
With both said to be on the verge of world title fights – Conlan was rumoured to be set for a challenge on the Felie and Frampton was due to fight WBO super featherweight world champ Jamel Herring in June – it was assumed tough tests or somewhat noteworthy opponents would be enlisted to man the away corner.
Jamie Conlan suggested flying in opponents six weeks out, but coach of his fighting brother, Booth believes someone closer to home will provide opposition for what would most likely be a BT Sports broadcast show.
Speaking with regard to behind closed door shows and his fighters on BBC’s Costello and Bunce podcast, Andy Lee’s world title winning trainer hinted domestic opposition awaits.
“You have got to look at what British opponents are there for Josh Kelly? What British or Irish opponents are there for Michael Conlan. There are not a massive amount but there are certainly some intriguing match ups.”
It would prove safe to assume that if Irish or British opposition is likely for Conlan the same would be the case for Frampton.
Conlan, 28, has shared the ring with England’s Jason Cunningham, but hasn’t fought an Irish fighter since turning over.
‘The Jackal’ has fought the likes of Josh Warrington, Scott Quigg, Gavin Reid, Kris Hughes and Robbie Thurley, but likewise hasn’t experienced all Irish action.
Booth’s words will prick the ears of a host of feather and super featherweights across Ireland and Britain. A host of fighters would delight in a securing a purse, TV slot and a chance to change their careers.
One fighter who would jump at the chance to fight either is Kildare’s Eric Donovan.