JAMIE Conlan isn’t expecting an easy homecoming.
The Belfast fighter returns to the National Stadium in Dublin a venue he graced as an amateur and once as a pro on July 4 topping a BoxNation broadcast bill.
The World rated super flyweight is keen to kick on and secure a World title shot and believes his opponent will reflect his ambition on the New Beginning card.
‘The Belfast Mexican’ isn’t expecting a ‘gimme bout’ on his return to Dublin, indeed he is pushing for a tough test on the MGM and Frank Warren card.
Conlan hopes to announce a former World title challenger as an opponent over the coming weeks.
“It’s going to be tough and they are talking about a former World title challenger,” COnlan told Irish-boxing.com.
“He is a good fighter and he lost his World title fight in Japan to a split decision, so he must be good. If it is that guy, that is the kind of fight I want at this stage of my career,” he added about been excited about returning home.
“I am delighted. This will be my second fight at the National Stadium as a professional and I can’t wait. When you were fighting in the Irish championships as an amateur the National Stadium was the biggest thing ever.
“The fight is on television and I am headlining the show but a ring is a ring and a fight is a fight.
“It does not matter to me if there is one person there watching or thousands, and if there is TV, there is TV. It makes no difference to me.
“But to headline a show on television is brilliant for me, my team and my family for me to get this kind of exposure,” he added.
July 4 will be Conlan’s first fight without long time trainer John Breen as he has moved to the MGM Gym in Marbella and he says things are going well.
“I have only trained under the Irish national coach, my dad and John Breen, but with my new trainer Danny Vaughan, we just clicked straight away and things got off to a flying start.
“From the very start he was telling me the things I wanted to hear and it’s brilliant.