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Saturday 20 September 2014

Jamie Conlan is ready for the crunch test: John Breen

On the rise: Jamie Conlan can take a step towards a World title fight

Jamie Conlan will take on hard punching Filipino Daryl Basadre in the toughest fight of his career at the Titanic Quarter on September 6. Conlan will bid to add the WBO inter-continental super-flyweight title to his WBO European belt on the supporting bill to Carl Frampton's mouthwatering World title showdown with IBF super-bantamweight king Kiko Martinez.

Cyclone Promotions have also confirmed exciting featherweight Marc McCullough's clash with former World champion Dmitry Kirrilov of Russia for the WBO European featherweight title.

Basadre boasts nine knockouts in his 12 victories with a solitary defeat and draw, while Conlan has 12 wins with eight knockouts which suggests a very tasty scrap indeed next month.

Indeed, the only loss of the 21-year-old Filipino's record was last year to former WBC World super-flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in Thailand. Since then he has bounced back with three straight wins.

Conlan's manager and coach is delighted with the challenge facing the Belfast man who can take a significant step towards a shot at the WBO World title should he emerge victorious.

John Breen said: "This is a really big test for Jamie and a great opportunity to show that he is genuinely world class.

"A win against this guy and I would expect him to move into the top three in the WBO ratings.

"Basadre's record shows that he is a big puncher, he's only lost to a former World champion and that was at bantamweight. Sooner or later you have to take a tough fight like this to move forward and Jamie will be ready for it.

"It's going to be a great night's boxing with three great fights and if all three local men win, what a night it would be and what a boost for Irish boxing."

Conlan has long been looking for a major test and insists that he will grab it with both fists.

"This fella looks like a decent boxer who can bang a bit too but I'm one hundred percent confident that I will prove far too much for him.

"I need to be fighting at this level as I'm now number eight in the World and soon I will be hopefully knocking on some doors. I can't wait to box outdoors on this massive show and prove to the Belfast public that I belong at World level."

Cyclone Promotions CEO Barry McGuigan added: "This contest is going to be explosive. Basadre has boxed a former World champion and never lost at super-flyweight.

"He's without a doubt Jamie's first acid test but it's one we all believe Jamie can win and win in style."

Meanwhile, Tyrone middleweight Conrad 'Dynamite' Cummings will meet Poland's Robert Talarek over six rounds. Talarek was last seen derailing the career of the previously undefeated London-based German Arthur Hermann in Camden last month.

Manager McGuigan said: "This is the kind of test that Conrad needs. Talarek has a tendency of upsetting the odds against prospects so Conrad will have to be on top of his game, but having seen his progression in the gym over the past few months I know this is a contest that will showcase just how exciting a talent Conrad Cummings really is."

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