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Jamie Conlan set to ignore invitation for a brawl

By Steve Wellings

Jamie Conlan may have been overlooked for a British title shot but the unbeaten super-flyweight is unconcerned as he continues to climb the world rankings.

Victory over Jose Estrella on the Titanic Showdown undercard should secure the 27-year-old a top five spot with the WBO, as well as their inter-continental crown and a route into world class.

"The lads are telling me I'm not far off that sort of level and the WBO are really impressed with me, that's why I'm being pushed on quickly and fighting for more belts," said Conlan.

"Carl Frampton's a local lad and he's an inspiration for everybody. I've been dreaming about this. Last year I was thinking about not boxing anymore, we were hitting dead ends and my career didn't seem to be going anywhere. I needed to step up a level and since I've got my break these last four fights have been knockouts."

This is tough Estrella's first fight outside of his native Mexico. The visitor has invited Conlan to turn the 12-rounder into an all-action brawl.

"He says he wants me to fight like a Mexican and stand and trade, but I'm not stupid," countered Conlan. "I know when to box and when to fight and if I feel I have to fight him then I will but I think he has only one way of boxing and I can exploit that. The fans have paid a lot of hard-earned money to see this and I think it could be one of the fights of the night."

Dungiven middleweight Eamonn O'Kane is hopeful that a victory over dangerous Lithuanian Virgilijus Stapulionis will propel him into a world title shot after his IBF inter-continental middleweight strap.

"I'm ranked No. 10 with the IBF and this will push me up even higher with them. Sam Soliman's the champion so we'll do this job on Saturday night and give him a shout out," said O'Kane.

"We know this guy [Stapulionis] likes his right hand and he's a puncher with a good workrate. Nobody loves a workout more than me so it should be a really interesting fight."

Marc McCullough gets a tough test against Russia's former world title holder Dmitry Kirillov. Marc is on an excellent winning run but will have his hands full with veteran Kirillov who once boxed out of Freddie Roach's gym and has mixed in good company.

The most recent addition to the Cyclone stable, super-featherweight Anthony Cacace, gets a rust-shedding exercise against Poland's Dawid Knade.

Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings meets Poland's Robert Talarek in a six-rounder, Belfast light-welterweight Matthew Wilton boxes Adam Cieslak over four rounds and Limerick's Willie Casey tackles George Gachechiladze.

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