Yader Cardoza [22(6)-10(5)-1] may be a 16/1 outsider for his headline fight with Jamie Conlan tonight in Belfast, but this is one clash where you can’t read into the odds.
The Nicaraguan comes into the fight with a steely confidence, and has benefitted greatly from the three weeks extra preparation too which came following the initial postponement of the bill.
A cold suffered by Commonwealth super flyweight champion Conlan [18(11)-0] saw the Waterfront Hall-hosted BoxNation card moved from February 18th to tonight.
Cardoza, who has challenged for the WBC light flyweight title, losing a competitive points decision to Adrian Hernandez back in 2013, is no mug, and is coming to win the fight and the WBC Silver International belt.
A rough and ready fighter, the Central American is anticipating a war with Conlan – himself no stranger to firefights having won the BBBoC Fight of the Year in 2016 for his epic encounter with Anthony Nelson.
Cardoza revealed that “I know Jamie Conlan well, and the Mexican style of Jamie Conlan. I also have a Mexican style. I’ve fought Mexican fighters in Mexico. I have big experience for this style of fight.”
“We will see a war. I’ve prepared in Nicaragua in the Buffalo Gym with Rosendo Álvarez [former two-weight world champ]. I am mentally and physically prepared for a war and to win the war.”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
Jamie Conlan joins Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill for Episode 3 of The Irish Boxing Show: