Not quite Game of Thrones, but Jamie Conlan finds himself going into his clash with a concrete game plan for the first time as he bids to claim the Commonwealth super flyweight title in the Copper Box on Saturday.
The Belfast World title hopeful admits he went in with the mindset of doing what he can do and producing his best to win previous fights.
However, this time rather than seeing the ‘TBA’ tag on Boxrec in the build up to his bout the WBO title holder has nine weeks knowing who will populate the opposite corner and has prepared accordingly.
The World title hopeful has had time to reflect with coach Danny Vaughan as well as brother Micheal Conlan and father John as to how to best approach a clash with the unbeaten Anthony Nelson.
As a result he thinks the best every Jamie Conlan will be on display on Boxnation on Saturday.
“On Saturday, fans can expect the best Jamie Conlan there’s ever been. Normally when you start camp you’ve just got a date with opponent ‘TBA’. This time we’ve had nine weeks to focus on building a game plan solely catered to Anthony Nelson, focussing on exploiting his positives and negatives. Now it’s up to me to execute on Saturday night,” He told Gylnn Evans.
Conlan is hoping to impress on Saturday and while he has World aspirations he knows the prestige the Commonwealth title is held in and he is keen to buckle the rainbow belt around his waist.
“Commonwealth belt has a certain prestige and has been held by some fabulous champions. Locally, guys like Marty Rogan and Eamonn Magee had it. My brother won the Commonwealth Games two years ago, so the pressures on!,” he added before discussing his opponent.
“Firstly, I’ve 110% respect for Anthony. It’s the first time I’ve met a defending champion with something to lose. That makes it far harder than challenging for a vacant title. I’ll not be able to scrape a points win, I’ll have to wretch the belt from him, probably stop him.
He’s a very aggressive fighter with a high workrate, good engine. His record suggests he’s not a ‘blow out’ puncher but sources tell me he’s ‘body strong’ and bullies opponents. I believe he’s a brickie by trade, so a natural tough guy. This is his big TV fight. I’m expecting the best Anthony Nelson of his career.”
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