Conlan: leaving Breen was heartbreaking but you only get one shot at this career

JAMIE Conlan admits telling John Breen he was teaming up with the MGM Gym was the hardest thing he has ever done.

The likeable Belfast super flyweight had worked with Breen for his entire professional career, indeed he knew the former Irish Trainer of the Year since his early teens.

However, in order to bring his career to the next level the undefeated World title hopeful felt he needed to relocate to Spain for fight camps.

Conlan, who has always spoke glowingly Breen, reveals the split was amicable and states he made the move as he feels the MGM camp style set up will help him realise his World title ambitions.

“Telling John I was leaving the gym was the hardest thing that I have ever done. It was heart-breaking,” Conlan told Nicky Fullerton of the Belfast Newsletter.

“I have known John since I was 14 or 15 and he has always been there for me, in and out of the ring. It will not be the same without him but we left on amicable terms and he is still there for advice if I need it.

“I have gone to the MGM for the training facilities along with top class sparring. I will still be based in Belfast but will come out for camps before my fights. They take care of your diet, your fitness and I will be full-time which will bring my game on.

“I will be living in an apartment with three or four other fighters, so I will sleeping, eating and breathing boxing.

“You only get one chance at this and I think this move will help me, but it was very hard to leave John,” said Conlan,


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