Belfast Telegraph

Mum's the word for Conlan brothers

Like all good boys Jamie and Michael Conlan have listened to their mother and decided not to box each other at the Sport NI Ulster senior finals tonight.

Big brother Jamie, a four-time Ulster senior champion, has also revealed that he is turning professional with John Breen, while this year's Ulster senior flyweight champion will be Michael.

Michael caused a sensation when he defeated Ruari Dalton in the semi-finals and as Jamie says, "He deserves the title for that win".

Jamie added: "John Breen believes I can do very well at flyweight in the pro game and I've always wanted to give it a crack.

"Irish boxing is buzzing at the moment and hopefully I can make my own impact. It's very exciting and I think I'm going pro at just the right time.

"It would have been great to have got five titles in a row but my mum didn't want us to box and neither did my dad. I'm just glad the trophy is staying in the house. I've told Michael that he has to make sure he doesn't lose it.

"I'm not sure when I'll be making my professional debut but I'll just leave that up to John."

The British flyweight division is currently wide open and Conlan could quickly find himself in the top ten.

As boxing returns to the Ulster Hall this evening with the climax of the championships, it is the number of absentees that has unfortunately overshadowed the build-up.

Irish and Ulster featherweight champion Carl Frampton, a gold medal winner at the Ahmet Cup in Turkey at the weekend, has decided to pull out, while Tommy McCarthy cannot defend his light-heavyweight title and Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes had to withdraw with a cold. Paul Kayes of Eastside was given a walkover victory.

Frampton was to have been in the fight of the night against Marc McCullough of Cairn Lodge but said: "I had four fights in four days and I still feel really sore all over.

“I also had a problem with my ear and I had been told that it was risky going to Turkey and in the final it was aggravated again.

“It’s disappointing that I can’t defend my title but I don’t think I could give my best.

“I’ve also got a tournament in the Czech Republic in three weeks time.”

Eamonn O’Kane of Immaculata will be bidding for a seventh straight middleweight title when he faces Stephen O’Reilly of Twin Towns, while there is an intriguing clash at lightweight between defending champion Anthony Cacace and Eamonn Finnegan.

With McCarthy out, Stephen Ward is the light-heavy champion.

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