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Jamie Conlan relishing his chance to headline in Dublin

By David Kelly

Published 03/07/2015

Top of the bill: Victory for Jamie Conlan in Dublin tomorrow night is expected to move him into the world’s top four
Top of the bill: Victory for Jamie Conlan in Dublin tomorrow night is expected to move him into the world’s top four

Jamie Conlan will seek to take another step towards a world title fight when he headlines at Dublin's National Stadium tomorrow night. Conlan faces Mexican Junior Granados for the WBO intercontinental super-flyweight title, with victory expected to improve his world ranking from seven to the top four and, consequently, closer to a shot at the World crown.

The unbeaten Belfast man has been preparing in Spain and is relishing the opportunity of being centre stage in Dublin as well as on BoxNation.

"I am genuinely excited about Saturday night. Dublin will be loud and Junior Granados will not expect a cauldron like he's going to experience. The hard work is done now, I've just got to enjoy myself on Saturday and get the ball rolling in this new chapter of my career," said Conlan.

"To be headlining my own show is very exciting and that's something that every boxer wants to do when they start out on their career.

"It's a very big fight for me, all the fights are now because I know I could be fighting for a world title within the next two to three fights."

Japan's Naoya Inoue is the current WBO super-flyweight champion, having also picked up the WBC light-flyweight crown along the way - all within just eight straight wins. But Conlan expects him to move down a division for a fight with WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez.

"I could end up fighting for the vacant WBO title because the champion is looking at that fight with Gonzalez. If the title does become vacant I want to be in the right position to get my chance at the vacant title.

"This fight is about moving me up the ladder. I want to be tested, opponents who will help me progress towards a shot at the world title. I don't want any knockovers because there's no point in that."

The show will also feature rising Belfast bantamweight prospect Ryan Burnett who is being guided by Adam Booth, the man who trained David Haye to World title glory and George Groves to World title contention.

Burnett has an eight-rounder against Hungarian Csaba Kovacs and should extend his unbeaten record to 10.

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