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CONFIRMED: World Title fight for Jamie Conlan in Belfast

Another world title fight for an Irish boxer has been confirmed.

Belfast super flyweight Jamie Conlan [19(11)-0] will challenger for the IBF world title on Saturday November 18th in his home city at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

‘The Mexican’ will take on champion Jerwin Ancajas [27(18)-1(0)-1] of the Philippines in what looks to be an extremely tough test for Conlan.

The fight comes on the Carl Frampton homecoming card and will be shown live on BT Sport and BoxNaton.

Conlan is the #5-ranked super flyweight withh the IBF and #2 in Europe (at bantamweight). He last fought in March, coming through a war to squeak past Yader Cardoza in Belfast. It was one of many exciting fights for the Ulsterman who claimed the Commonwealth title following a knockdown-filled battle with Anthony Nelson in London last year, and defeated Junior Granados in an epic encounter in Dublin back in 2015.

25 year old southpaw Ancajas won the title last September with a unanimous decision victory over McJoe Arroyo. He has defended the title twice, retiring Jose Alfredo Rodriguez after seven in Macau before stopping Teiru Kinoshita in seven in Brisbane on the Pacquiao-Horn card.

Conlan would have got a good look at Ancajas here in Australia as younger brother Mick also featured on the card in the SunCorp Stadium.

The Falls Road 30 year old has been ticking over since his win over Cardoza. In this time he has been to New York, Chicago, Brisbane, and Australia supporting his brother, as well as spells of camp in his native Belfast and at MTK headquarters in Marbella.

We are approaching a glut of title fights for Irish boxers ahead of Conlan’s tilt.

First up, Cork-Cuban Mike Perez challenges WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis in Latvia in the WBSS quarter finals this Saturday, before IBF bantamweight champ Ryan Burnett looks to unify with WBA champ Zhanat Zhakiyanov at the Odyssey on October 21st, while Katie Taylor challengers WBA lightweight champ Anahi Esther Sanchez at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on the Joshua-Pulev undercard on October 28th.

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