Michael Conlan can one day be as good as the fighters he supports on Saturday night according to his brother Jamie Conlan.
The undefeated Belfast featherweight hopes to grab his share of the spot light as he trades leather on the undercard of the much anticipated skills clash between Vasyl Lomachenko v Guillermo Rigondeaux at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Conlan’s six-round bout with Argentina’s Luis Fernando Molina [7(2)-3(0)-1] will be the co-feature at the famous New York venue, will play out in front of a 5000 crowd and millions of TV viewers on ESPN Stateside and Boxntaion in Ireland and the UK.
It’s another impressive step along a road that recent World title challenger Jamie Conlan believes leads to the very top.
The flyweight, who suffered his first pro loss in a world super-flyweight title fight defeat to classy IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines last month, admits his brother is not yet at the level of either of the two time Olympic Gold medal winners, but reckons the Top Rank fighter has the skills to eventually compete with the likes of Rigondeaux and Lomachenko as a pro.
“He needs time, he really needs time before that,” said Jamie. “He has a lot of learning to do. These two are the crème de la crème of pure boxing ability and two of the best we’ve seen in a few decades at least.
“To be at that level would be something else, but he’s 100 per cent certainly capable of reaching the elite level that these guys are at.”