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Conlan eyes a British title bid in Belfast

By David Kelly

Jamie Conlan is hoping to add the British super-flyweight title to his Commonwealth belt when he returns to the ring in the autumn - with Belfast a strong contender as the venue.

Conlan chalked up a comfortable victory at the Cardiff Ice Rink on Saturday with a second-round stoppage of the Czech Republic’s Patrik Bartos, dropping the outclassed opponent twice.

The Belfast man, brother of Olympian Michael, has been nominated by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight Khalid Yafai for the British title but the holder is expected to vacate to fight for the IBF World title.

Conlan was in a fight of the year contender with Anthony Nelson in April, when landing the super-flyweight Commonwealth strap, and a re-match in Belfast would be a big draw.

Conlan said: “I’m hoping I will be able to fight for the British title as well as defend the Commonwealth title in my next fight. I’ve told my promoter Frank Warren that I would be up for a re-match with Nelson.

“It was such an entertaining fight last time, we were both on the canvas and I’ve no doubt the fans would like to see it again.”

Conlan will enjoy a week’s holiday before heading for Rio as he looks to roar on brother Michael to Olympic bantamweight gold.

He added: “I’m looking forward to being in Rio to back Michael but I know I’ll be a lot more nervous than he will be.

“Michael’s feeling as confident as ever and I know he will get the gold. My dad is going to be working the corner so it should be very special for everyone.”

Also on the Cardiff bill, Belfast man Tyrone McKenna took his unbeaten record to 10 with a points victory over Chris Adaway.

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