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Team Nelson suggest they sought out fight with Conlan

Anthony Nelson see’s Jamie Conlan has his ticket to the big time. 

The Commonwealth Champion’s coach is keen to point out his charge has not been mandated to defend against the Belfast favourite and rather has sought out the fight.

Not only is the South Shields super flyweight confident he can cause an upset and use Conlan to further his own ambitions, but his coach Mal Gates claims there isn’t too much between the ‘Mexican’ World title hopeful and his fighter.

Gates told the Sheilds Gazette “Conlan is very good and world-rated, number five with the WBO.

“He’s unbeaten with 15 straight wins, but he’s nothing to be frightened of. We’re not going down there just to make up the numbers – we’ve taken this voluntary defence because we want to enhance Anthony’s career.”

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“Anthony is number four in Britain, Conlan three, Butler two and Yafai one, so this is a massive fight. We’re looking to move Anthony to the next level and this is the ideal opportunity to do that.

“It’s a great fight on a huge show and we’re under no illusions about how hard a contest this is. But when chances like this come along, you take them. Anthony is training three times a day and is looking in fantastic shape.”



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