Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Boxing: Conlan will prove he deserves title shot, says Breen

Jamie Conlan is determined to show on Saturday night that the time is right for him to step up and fight for the British flyweight title.

Conlan is part of the supporting bill on the Craigavon Leisure Centre show this Saturday night which is headed by Stephen Haughian who will not be defending his Irish welterweight title following the withdrawal of Ballyclare's Willie Thompson who has a hand injury.

Former British champion Barry Morrison is expected to step up and face the Lurgan man.

Belfast man Conlan faces Delroy Spencer in a six rounder as he seeks to maintain his quick progress and turn up the heat on the British Boxing Board of Control to give him a title shot.

Conlan's coach and manager John Breen has no doubt that the 24-year-old is ready for a major step up in class following another expected victory this Saturday, coming on the back of his best win against Kyle King in May.

Breen said: “This will probably be Jamie's last fight before September and really come September I want him to be in a big fight, if not a British or Commonwealth title fight then a fight that takes him on.

“There's not a better Irish prospect around at the moment. He's getting better and better and I have seen in the gym that he's punching a lot harder.

“In his last fight he looked every inch a professional fighter and I know that right now he could beat the British and Commonwealth champion Chris Edwards. It's just a matter of Jamie being given the opportunity.”

Breen also has featherweight debutant Marc McCullough on the Lurgan bill and while it is very early days, the experienced coach has been pleased with what he has seen so far from the Shankill Road man, who faces fellow Belfast man Eddie Nesbitt.

“Marc has been working very well in the gym, he's shown good punching power and as everyone knows from the amateurs he's a good mover and has good boxing skills so I'm expecting an impressive performance,” said Breen, who has been pleased with the interest McCullough has already generated.

The show also features the clash between Commonwealth Games gold medallist Eamonn O’Kane — in his second pro outing — and Belfast man Tommy Tolan and Omagh’s Dee Taggart.

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