Friday 28 October 2016

Conlan has euro vision

Champion to defend title at the Stadium on July 4

Jamie Conlan, Ireland's WBO European and Inter-Continental super flyweight champion, returns to Dublin's National Stadium on July 4 to defend his European title.

Conlan (13-0, 8 KOs) fought in Dublin as a professional once before.

It was February 2010 and, in just his second pro fight, Conlan put his opponent down twice before the referee stopped the fight early in the fifth round.

His progress up the rankings has been steady. He's currently 7 with the WBO.

When Barry McGuigan stepped in and arranged a shot at the vacant European title against Belgian Benjamin Smoes in Belfast on the Frampton-Cazares card in April last year, he took his chance and forced a stoppage in the seventh.

In his first defence, Conlan made short work of the more experienced Gabor Molnar (15-5), dramatically putting him down in the second and twice in the third.

Co-heading the July 4 Frank Warren-MGM promotion with rising bantamweight star Ryan Burnett (9-0, 7 KOs), Conlan knows that a good performance will move him closer to a world title fight.

"The super flyweight division is certainly heating up," says Conlan. "This is a great opportunity for me to show I'm a serious contender for a world title. The show will be live on BoxNation and the atmosphere in the Stadium will be electric. I'm excited because, with the talent that's coming through, this will be the start of regular big fight nights in Dublin."

Illness scuppered Conlan's planned fight with Warlito Parrenas in February. Since then he's left his long-time coach John Breen and signed with the MGM Gym Marbella.

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