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Conlan out to show he's ready for fast track to title shot

By David Kelly

Michael Conlan has admitted that tomorrow night's fight will show fans and his promoter Bob Arum just how quickly he can move along the path to a world title fight.

Unbeaten hot shot Conlan has the most serious test of his professional career so far when he meets hard-hitting Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos, a former world title challenger, at Belfast's SSE Arena.

"This fight will go a long way to defining what happens to me over the next 18 months in terms of what challenge I could have next," said Conlan.

"There is an extra edge for this fight for me compared to the fights that have gone before.

"I've felt the extra butterflies because I know this guy is a real danger.

"Come Saturday night I know there is no pudding in front of me. I know this guy can hurt me when he punches me so it's up to me to be calm, cool and destructive.

"My view is that I can't even allow this guy to land one punch but at the same time I have to look good doing that. It's not just about missing punches but also doing damage."

The Belfast bill also features an exciting WBO super-lightweight inter-continental title fight between World number five Jack Catterall and Belfast's unbeaten Tyrone McKenna.

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