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Conlan brothers in line for Belfast double header


By David Kelly

Jamie Conlan is hoping that he can enjoy a blockbuster double header at the SSE Arena with brother Michael before the end of the year.

While Jamie returns to the ring on June 17 at the Waterfront Hall, Michael has his second pro bout on May 29 in Chicago. In the meantime, negotiations are ongoing to secure Jamie a shot at the WBO World super-flyweight belt.

Reigning champion Naoya Inoue defends his WBO title in three weeks' time and is then expected to move up to bantamweight, thereby leaving the title vacant with Jamie and Hong Kong's Rex Tso in line to face each other for the belt.

Jamie said: "My team are in negotiations with Top Rank, who as well as looking after my brother Michael also look after Rex Tso.

"It seems that things are looking good at the moment for the fight to happen after summer - there's a real possibility of myself and Michael in a big show in Belfast in November.

"That would be great but also, I have to admit, a lot harder for me because to me Michael is always my little brother and I'm always a lot more nervous and worried about his fights than I am about my own."

Jamie enjoyed the most significant victory of his unbeaten record in the Waterfront Hall in March when outpointing Yader Cardoza after another bloody battle.

The 30-year-old, who will have an eight rounder on the supporting bill next month, believes it was an ideal fight ahead of a possible world title assault.

"I've watched most of the fight back and I feel that in a lot of that fight I showed what I can do when I stick to the game plan," said Jamie.

"But also, there are those moments of madness when I get drawn into a fight instead of using my boxing skills.

"As a fighter I felt that I did move forward with that win over Cardoza because I was in with a fighter of world title challenger calibre.

"I learned an awful lot in that fight, it was just what I needed ahead of a world title fight."

To remain on course for his big night, Jamie will be hoping to have a much less dramatic night than he is used to at the Waterfront Hall.

"There's enough talent on this bill to bring the excitement this time. I can hopefully have a good win without too much drama," he added. "One thing I won't be allowing to happen is me in any way getting complacent. I've worked too hard and too long to let it all slip away now."

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