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Belfast to play host to Fight of the Year rematch in November?

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Belfast looks set to play host to a repeat of a sensational Fight of the Year candidate this November.

Jamie Conlan [17(11)-0] will finally get his wish and will return home to fight in a mouthwatering contest.

‘The Mexican’ it seems will defend his Commonwealth super flyweight title against Anthony Nelson [11(2)-1(1)], the former champion he deposed in an all action, back and forth, hammer and tongs clash in London back in April.

In addition, with Kal Yafai said to be vacating his British belt, it is rumoured that the Lonsdale strap will also be up for grabs.

Both fighters visited the canvas in the eye-catching fan-friendly encounter back in April, and post-fight Conlan said he would love a repeat in front of his home fans.

Rumour has been rife regarding Frank Warren and Boxnation coming to Belfast since the war-lover signed with the English promoter, and it’s believed Conlan will fight for the first time in his home town since he traded leather on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s IBF World title win in September 2014. In terms of venue, the Waterfront Hall has been the location most mentioned, although some still hold out hope for a return to the famous Ulster Hall.

While the date is unconfirmed, it seems likely that the night will not be during the weekend of Saturday 19th as a UFC Fight Night will be taking place in Belfast on that date.

Since then, with his exciting wins over Junior Granados and Nelson, Conlan has become probably the second biggest fighter in the Titanic City after ‘The Jackal’ himself.

Indeed it’s not just good news for Belfast fight fans and Conlan, as many Irish fighters also look likely to feature.

Belfast’s Marco McCullough, Steven Ward, and Tyrone McKenna, all of whom have signed with MGM this year, look certs for the show, while the likes of Declan Geraghty, Sean Turner, John Hutchinson, Ciaran McVarnock, the Upton Brothers, and Gary Sweeney could all make appearances. Additionally, Mark Dunlop trio James Fryers, James Tennyson, and Joe Fitzpatrick may also be in line for slots on the card when one considers that they will not be appearing on the MHD card at the Europa on October 8th. Finally, should any Irish Olympians sign with Warren, a professional debut here is a possibility.

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