Plans for a title defence in Belfast won't distract Jamie
Exciting super-flyweight Jamie Conlan is being lined up for a Commonwealth title defence in Belfast this autumn, assuming all goes to plan in Cardiff tonight.
The Belfast man, brother of World amateur champion Michael, lifted the Commonwealth belt with victory over Anthony Nelson in April and is expected to tick over against Patrik Bartos of the Czech Republic in an eight rounder ahead of his first title defence.
Conlan has developed into one of the most entertaining fighters on the domestic scene and with the strong backing of promoter Frank Warren is hoping that Commonwealth success can be the springboard to European and World title shots.
Conlan said: "I wanted to have another fight because I feel I have momentum now.
"It was a tough fight with Nelson and that was partly my fault because I got dragged into a war, so I have been working on tactics.
"I want to go and execute a good game plan. I know I'm expected to win and there is talk of a Belfast show but I can't afford to take my eye off the ball."