Wednesday 20 September 2017

Michael Conlan: 'I've watched a few rounds of him on YouTube...He seems dirty enough

Michael Conlan strikes a pose during a photoshoot at the Oakley Fight Club in Chicago. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank/Sportsfile.
Michael Conlan strikes a pose during a photoshoot at the Oakley Fight Club in Chicago. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank/Sportsfile.

Ciarán Gallagher

Michael Conlan is aiming for an early finish when he takes on Mexican journeyman Alfredo Chanez in his second professional fight tonight.

The pair meet in a six-round featherweight bout that tops the bill at the 9,500-capacity UIC Pavilion in Chicago as Conlan headlines his second US fight card in 10 weeks, live on BoxNation; RTÉ will broadcast delayed coverage tomorrow night.

Having recorded a third-round stoppage over American Tim Ibarra on his St Patrick's Day debut in New York, the Belfast native is now looking to blow Chanez away in the Windy City.

"Of course, that's my aim. I'll go in there and I think it'll be over by the first or second round," said Conlan, who believes an early knockout will help further boost his growing profile Stateside.

"You need to get the casual fans involved and I feel like I'll go in there and do the job."

Chavez, who carries a modest 4-4 record, is not expected to pose any problems as LA-based Conlan (25) continues to adapt to the pro game. However, the two-time Olympian hopes his opponent will exhibit a typical Mexican-style eagerness to fight.

"I think he's going to come to fight," said the world amateur champion, who is set to be back in the ring on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's world welterweight title defence in Brisbane in July should all go to plan tonight.

"I'm looking forward to getting in there and putting a show on.

I've watched a few rounds of him on YouTube and he comes forward and he's always trying to attack. He seems dirty enough, too, so I've just got to be careful and I can't rush my work. I've just got to take my time and I know I'll get him out there."

Meanwhile, Athy featherweight Eric Donovan is keen to get some rounds in the bank against Hungarian Laszlo Horvath in their headline bout at the National Stadium tomorrow night, on a 17-fight card.

Journeyman Horvath (4-5) was drafted in as an opponent for the undefeated Donovan (3-0) after Spaniard Juan Luis Gonzalez was forced to withdraw.

"I just want to get some rounds in this time," said Donovan ahead of his fourth pro bout. "Then if I can take him out, I will."

Conlan v Chanez,

Live, BoxNation, 2.0am

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