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Conlan left searching for an opponent ahead of Belfast headline appearance

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Jamie Conlan [17(11)-0] has been left without an opponent less than two weeks out from his headline appearance on the Belfast Boxnation ‘Homecoming’ card at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

‘The Mexican’ was due to defend his Commonwealth super flyweight title on the bumper bill and was scheduled to face Tanzanian Julias Kisarawe [22(11)-3(1)-1] with an official announcement pending. However, the African has pulled out, leaving a mad dash to find a suitable replacement opponent.

While Conlan’s appearance on the show is not in doubt, whether an opponent from the Commonwealth can be found remains to be seen (Read our run-through of the Commonwealth contenders here).

Conlan is due to fight in a WBO World title final eliminator next year and a competitive fight here would be highly desirable.

A possible, albeit highly unlikely, solution could be Belfast’s Luke Wilton [16(7)-5(1)-1] who is scheduled to fight on November 26th at the Shorts Sports & Social Club. ‘Winky,’ who admittedly is a flyweight, is returning to the ring following his British title eliminator loss to Charlie Edwards. The 28 year old would be a fit, game, and well-supported option.

Also featuring on the card next Saturday are mouth watering fights between Tyrone McKenna and Sean Creagh, Phil Sutcliffe Jr and Chris Jenkins, and Marco McCullough and Michael Roberts Jr, as well as debuts for Paddy Barnes, Lewis Crocker, and Steven Ward, and appearances from James Tennyson, Deco Geraghty, Gary Sweeney, Sean Turner, and Con Sheehan.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie