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Jamie Conlan's maiden Commonwealth defence will be a Titanic battle in Belfast

By David Kelly

Exciting Jamie Conlan will make the first defence of his Commonwealth super-flyweight title in Belfast's Titanic Exhibition Centre on November 5.

Conlan, who was in the domestic fight of the year with Anthony Nelson when winning the belt in April, is looking to move towards a World title shot in 2017.

An opponent has still to be named for Conlan but a possible rematch with Nelson has been mooted as the headline to a show which is expected to feature other local fighters including the debut of Belfast lad Lewis Crocker.

Conlan, brother of World amateur champion Michael, said: "The Commonwealth belt seems to propel fighters onto bigger things. It's a prestigious belt and another step on the road towards a World title. Everything is moving steadily in the right direction.

"I'm thrilled to be boxing back in Belfast. I grew up watching a local guy from my area called Eamonn Magee become Commonwealth champion and it's always been a title that has stood out for me. To be defending the title in front of my home crowd will be a great experience."

Meanwhile, World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's rematch with Wladimir Klitschko has been confirmed for the Manchester Arena on October 29, which along with Conlan's clash will be screened on BoxNation.

Frank Warren, Chairman of BoxNation, said: "Fury v Klitschko II is by far the biggest fight in Europe so far this year."

Fury, though, must spend part of his build-up fighting to clear his name in front of an anti-doping panel. He will have to appear before the independent panel after being suspended by the UK Anti-Doping agency for a positive drugs test last year.

The ban was subsequently lifted and in line with UK Anti-Doping agency rules, his case will be fast-tracked so his position can be clarified before the bout with Klitschko.

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