Jamie Conlan ready to sparkle in Stadium
Jamie Conlan gets a 'Second Coming' in Dublin's National Stadium tonight when he boxes Adrian Dimas Garzon over eight rounds.
"It's only an eight-rounder but for me it's important because if I lose, this is snakes and ladders and I'll go back down to the start," admitted Conlan.
"I've to keep winning because it's not just this fight, it's the fights in front of me that'll disappear if I don't win here."
It is doubtful that the super-flyweight will encounter many problems when dealing with 39-year-old Argentinian Garzon who has 18 losses on the record and sketchy recent form.
This will be a stark contrast to early July when Conlan went toe to toe with Mexican warrior Junior Granados in the same venue. Climbing off the canvas twice to prevail on points, the almost impossible comeback may have been unthinkable without such a positive home crowd dragging him across the line.
"Oh, it was brilliant, it was something I'll never forget," he remembered. "You can feel the crowd when you're winning but when they're getting behind you and pulling you off the ground; it's a different kind of atmosphere."
The 29-year-old knows that beating Garzon and extending his record to 15-0 and beyond is imperative.
The time is right to step up and challenge the best the division has to offer, starting with former world champion Paul Butler. Conlan is relishing the clash but leaves his outside of the ring activities in the hands of the MGM team, who are promoting the fight, while he focuses on moving through the competition.
"It's a fight I'm looking forward to and a fight I feel I can win. It's a fight Butler's looking for because he feels he can win as well. So it's going to be explosive," remarked Conlan.
"It's being talked about for either early next year or the middle of next year. My career was stop-start for three years and then it started to take off a wee bit with Cyclone Promotions.
"MGM have pushed me up to the next level and they're trying to build me up into something else."
While 'The Mexican' is busy cutting a path in the pro game, brother Michael is winning world titles in the amateurs. Jamie realises that these achievements raise expectations on his own progress.
"Anything he can do, I have to try and do even better. But to be champion of the world, it's hard to top that," he admitted.
"I always say amateur world champion is harder than being a professional world champion because there's so many of them. There is only one amateur world champion.
"There are about 300 professional world champions so he's done something I could never do."
Belfast's Ciaran McVarnock is on the undercard alongside Jamie Cox, Dean Byrne, Michael Sweeney and others.
The show is promoted by MGM in association with Frank Warren and will be shown live on BoxNation