Rio first then Paul Butler fight- that’s Conlan’s ideal scenario

Jamie Conlan wants to go to the Olympics before he finally gets to lay gloves on Paul Butler.

The Belfast super flyweight isn’t planning on taking up the offer for pro punchers to fight in Rio this Summer, rather he wants to go support his brother Micheal Conlan, who is adamant he will win gold for Ireland in his second Olympics.

And after watching his talented and much vaunted younger brother achieve his long term ambition he wants to complete a long term goal of his own by fighting and defeating Butler.

The super flyweight challenges for the Commonwealth title in the Copper Box on April 30th and hopes for another fight in June before heading to Brazil and hopefully fighting a fighter he has long since been linked with, Butler.

“We’re looking at having an eliminator in June or July and I’ve got a fight coming up on April 30 at the Copper Box in London on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders,” Conlan told the Irish News.

“After that I’d like another fight in June or July and then my focus turns to going to Rio to support my brother (Michael) in the Olympic Games. So the Butler fight would be after that.

“I would love the fight right now – I think it’s a great fight, it’s a great money fight for the two of us. So why not? April, July, Rio and then bring on Butler.”

Conlan and Butler have been linked to each other since Butler won the British title back in 2012. However, the fight never materialised the fact the pair are both with Frank Warren now it seems easy to make, but it seems the promoter will wait until former bantamweight World champ Butler wins a super flyweight World strap before making the bout.

Rumour also suggest when the clash is made it will be held in Belfast around September.



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