The big card in Belfast this weekend will no longer feature Commonwealth super flyweight champion Jamie Conlan [19(11)-0].
The BoxNation cameras return to the Waterfront Hall on Saturday night for the ‘Battle of Belfast’ card, but ‘The Mexican’ has been pulled from the bill.
Conlan was due to keep ticking over on the show in an eight round contest, but the Falls Road fighter will instead now continue preparations for a big fight.
The older brother of Top Rank star Mick has long had a WBO title final eliminator confirmed, although Rex Tso and Kohei Kono are also set to do battle in October for the right to face champion Naoya Inoue.
Full details of Conlan’s withdrawal are not yet known, however it would suggest that something big is in the pipeline for the well-liked 115lber.
In terms of this weekend, a packed card remains:
Paddy Barnes fights Silvio Oltenau for the WBO European flyweight belt, Stephen Ormond challenges Craig Evans for the lightweight equivalent, Jono Carroll takes on Johnny Quigley for the IBF super featherweight East/West Europe belt, then there are further appearances from Sean McGlinchey, Lewis Crocker, Steven Ward, Tyrone McKenna, and the professional debut of Davey Oliver Joyce.
Tickets for the ‘Battle of Belfast’ card on June 17th at the Waterfront Hall cost £30, £40, £60, and £150, and are available from the boxers involved or from HERE.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
LISTEN: Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill speak to Luke Keeler and Paddy Barnes on Episode 6 of The Irish Boxing Show: