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Conlan has willpower to hit top: Booth

 

Confident: Michael Conlan yesterday
Confident: Michael Conlan yesterday
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Top coach Adam Booth has warned Michael Conlan that he will only reach the very top in professional boxing if he is prepared to sacrifice like never before.

Booth has every confidence that the Belfast man, who headlines a 10,000 sell-out bill at Falls Park tomorrow night when he faces Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz, can become one of the elite fighters in the world over the next three years but insists it will require a ruthless diligence.

"It's not like he has to be a monk but he has to be somewhere between being a normal person and a monk to achieve what he is capable of," said Booth.

"We had a good chat ahead of this fight and I told him that he had to sacrifice his whole life for two-and-a-half years so he can change his life forever.

"To be at the very top you don't want to live like a normal man, you don't want to go out with your mates, you don't want to sit down and watch a film and eat pizza with your mates... you have to sacrifice.

"Michael is fortunate that he has a life, a sport and a career that can change his life forever by the age of 30. Not many people will get that opportunity, so don't blow it, don't disrespect it. Michael understands what he has to do."

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