Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Jamie Conlan wants to have a crack at Anthony Nelson

It's a knockout: Jamie Conlan lands a heavy blow on Martin Parlagi at the Waterfront Hall
It's a knockout: Jamie Conlan lands a heavy blow on Martin Parlagi at the Waterfront Hall

Jamie Conlan retained his WBO European super-flyweight title with a stunning third round knockout of Hungarian Gabor Molnar at the Waterfront Hall last night.

Conlan, who calls himself 'The Mexican', immediately called on the British Boxing of Control to give him a shot at the vacant Lonsdale belt.

"I now want to move on and get another belt and I would love a shot at the vacant British super-flyweight title," said Conlan.

"They're talking about a fight with Anthony Nelson and that would be great for September 6 on the Carl Frampton-Kiko Martinez bill.

"I think I showed tonight that I am ready for bigger fights. I had been working on the right hand in the gym and it was good to see it working well. I could really feel my power."

Conlan started a little tentatively as Molnar tagged him with single blows, using his movement to good effect.

The Hungarian was warming to the task, firing home his left hook and jab as Conlan struggled to find his timing. But that all changed when, with 30 seconds remaining in the second round, Conlan unleashed a wicked right hand which sent Molnar crashing to the canvas.

Credit to the Hungarian bantamweight champion as he came out with real purpose for the third but walked into a hurtful left hook and was dropped by another right hand.

Conlan sealed victory with another right which sent Molnar tumbling and referee Steve Grey immediately waved it off at 1:58.

Meanwhile, Belfast cruiserweight Conall Carmichael got his career back on track with a 40-35 points victory over Ugandan Moses Matovu over four rounds.

Carmichael knocked down the African in the second round with a sweeping left hook and dominated the last two rounds.

Limerick's Willie Casey outpointed Poland's Krzysztof 59-55 at super-bantam, while Ghana's Isaac Dogboe defeated Gloucester's Andy Harris 40-35, flooring him in the first.

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