Belfast Telegraph

Conlan one step from title bid

By David Kelly

Jamie Conlan has been handed a golden opportunity to secure a shot at the British flyweight title.



The unbeaten prospect will clash with former British flyweight champion Paul Edwards on November 19 in Liverpool in an eliminator for a shot at the Lonsdale belt, currently held by Chris Edwards — no relation.

Conlan, whose brother Michael qualified for the 2012 Olympics at the World Championships in Baku, has caught the eye of promoter Frank Maloney who is now giving him the chance to prove that he deserves a shot at British champion Edwards.

Scouser Paul Edwards has only lost once in nine fights — in his last outing to Chris — and won the the British title last December at the King’s Hall when his fight with Shinny Bayaar was stopped on a bad cut.

Conlan’s manager John Breen is naturally delighted that the 25-year-old former Ulster senior champion has been handed the clash with Edwards and has no doubt he will deliver.

“Jamie has been wanting an opportunity like this for some time — as far as I’m concerned he can beat any flyweight in Britain,” said Breen.

“Edwards is a former British champion so the winner can expect to automatically get a shot at Chris Edwards who now holds the British title.

“Jamie has done everything asked of him and a lot of people have been talking about him in Britain from early on in his career.

“Since coming to me he has been developing a lot, he’s punching harder and overall he has developed into a very good professional. A win against Edwards would set him up lovely for 2012 and a crack at the British title.

“Jamie is one of the most dedicated fighters I have ever trained and I’m very excited about his potential,” he added.

Victory would certainly set up both Conlan brothers for an exciting New Year and Jamie is eager to move very quickly with the Commonwealth and European flyweight titles also on his radar.

Jamie said: “2012 is going to be an exciting year for Michael and I.

“We'll be sparring each other and driving each other on to success,” he added.

Newry welterweight Patrick Murphy aims to chalk up a third straight victory when he takes on debutant Kurt Dinlayson in Brisbane tomorrow.

Murphy said: “He is a kick boxer/MuayThai fighter so I’m expecting a really tough one but my preparation has been great and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring.”

Meanwhile, Kenny Egan and Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan have both signed one-season contracts with the Leipzig Leopards in the World Series of Boxing.

The first outing of the new season will be a home match against Mexico City on November 11.

Egan, who has been boxing at heavyweight, will fight at light-heavy for the Germans.

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