It will be worth the wait. That’s certainly the impression you get when talking to Jamie Conlan [18(11)-0] about the rescheduled Belfast Boxnation card.
The MTK super flyweight was set to headline at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday February 18th against former WBC light flyweight title challenger Yader Cardoza [22(6)-10(5)-1], but the show was pushed back to Friday March 10th after Conlan picked up a virus.
The 30 year old is now fighting fit and raring to go – and while he admits he was disappointed to be forced to delay his ring return, he suggests it will be a card worth waiting for.
The war-loving BBBoC Fight of the Year winner not only claims there will be ‘fireworks’ throughout the night, but is predicting that his ‘dangerous’ foe’s style will gel with his to ensure yet another exciting Jamie Conlan bill-topping clash.
“I was very frustrated after having putting in a great camp in LA and I didn’t want that going to waste,” Conlan told Irish-Boxing.com when asked about the delay.
“But the team made the call and got the show pushed back three weeks, so I still get to fight and keep the ball rolling, which is something I’m very thankful for.”
“The opponent is the same. He is very dangerous, has a really high work rate and is an in your face former world title challenger. It’s another test and a step in the right direction. I have to be on my game, this is a dangerous operator and I really think our styles will gel for a exciting fight!”
Having trained to peak for last weekend, Conlan took a week off, but noted how he is at a level that will now allow him focus on game plan rather than fitness or sharpness.
“I’m feeling good now, I had a week off to recover and get over the virus, I got plenty of rest and then it was back to camp,” he continued.
“The training now is about maintaining what we had built the previous six or seven weeks. The weight is great, the timing is bang on, and fitness is where it needs to be so we have time now to really work on the game plan.”
Part of the fan-friendly Commonwealth champion’s pre-fight camp played out in Los Angeles in ‘The Rock Gym’ alongside his brother Mick. The younger Conlan has relocated to the U.S. West Coast and is currently preparing for his eagerly anticipated March 17th New York debut.
Jamie described how time spent in the States not only reinvigorated him ahead of his March fight, but reignited his desire to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
“LA was fantastic, got some world class sparring and being in the gym with so many world champions and hungry fighters pushing towards world titles just reignited my desire to reach the top.”
“Manny Robles has a world class set up and everyone in the gym pushing each other with the same end goal. It’s a place that I will be sure to return to before my own world title opportunity. It will stand by myself, Paddy [Barnes], and Tyrone [McKenna] on March 10th.”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
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The undercard next month will feature Paddy Barnes, Marco McCullough, Phil Sutcliffe, Con Sheehan, Joe Fitzpatrick, Steven Ward, Troy Williamson, Kevin Satchell, an Irish super featherweight clash between James Tennyson and Declan Geraghty, and a BUI Celtic light welterweight fight between champion Tyrone McKenna and Jake Hanney.