By Paddy Appleton
Michael Conlan will come up against some of the very best amateur lightweights in the world this summer in London, but the young Belfast boxer is not perturbed at all.
The Saint John Bosco fighter says he is worried only about how he will perform in July and August, not his opponents.
“I’m not wary of anyone in London, I will be confident in my own ability and I’m sure I will do well,” said the 19-year old.
Such words are a welcome sight to see from such a young boxer, but his fearlessness could be exposed against some of the skilled fighters that will be on show at the Olympics.
It is Conlan’s job to make sure that is not the case, and he is one of Ireland’s great chances for a medal along with Beijing 2008 bronze medalist and fellow Belfast man Paddy Barnes should he qualify.
Conlan is confident he can bring home a medal to Belfast, and Irish boxing fans will be hoping he is right this summer as his training steps up a gear now in preparation.
“Training is going very well, it’s tough but I’m enjoying it and I can’t wait for the Olympics to begin. It will be a great experience for me,” said the exciting amateur.
“Performance is my main aim for London, and if I can do that I’m sure I won’t have too many problems.”