Sunday 25 June 2017

Conlan out to avoid 'crazy wars' in title bout

Jamie Conlan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile
Jamie Conlan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

The red mist that accompanies Jamie Conlan into almost every fight is beginning to descend again ahead of his 19th outing at Belfast's Waterfront tomorrow night on a promotion which also includes Paddy Barnes.

Undefeated Conlan, elder brother of former AIBA World Elite champion Michael who makes his pro debut at New York's Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day, meets Nicaragua's Yader Cardoza over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC International super-flyweight title.

Ex-Irish Elite champions Declan Geraghty, Con Sheehan and Phil Sutcliffe Jnr also feature on the 11-bout card.

Fireworks

Almost every occasion Belfast-native Conlan, nicknamed 'The Mexican', steps between the ropes fireworks ensue. He's been training with his brother, Michael, and Barnes in Los Angeles and in Glasgow ahead of the world title eliminator.

"We've been working on defence and controlling distance and avoiding crazy wars. That's what will win me the fight on Friday. I never go hell for leather in sparring," said Conlan.

"I'm always nice and technical, But a red mist descends on fight night, if there's a lull, I feel obliged to give the fans something for their hard-earned money."

Meanwhile, Barnes faces Argentina's Adrian Dimas-Garzon over six rounds - although Barnes insists it should be eight.

The bout is his second paid fight since winning on his debut in Belfast last November after Stefan Slavchev, who was well behind on points, was disqualified for lifting Barnes over his shoulder, or, as Barnes put it, "acting the idiot because he knew he was getting beat".

"He's (Dimas-Garzon) fought a few big names, Jamie (Conlan) beat him, but he's tough and he's been around. I'm planning on eight rounds and a big performance."

Irish Independent

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