Belfast Telegraph

Conlan out to show link-up with Booth has already paid off


By David Kelly

Michael Conlan is aiming to thrill again on the New York stage when he takes a step up in class at Madison Square Garden.

The World amateur champion and Olympic bronze medallist kicked off his professional career 12 months ago on St Patrick's night in the Garden's Theatre Arena and is expected to chalk up a sixth straight victory against the experienced Hungarian David Berna.

At the start of the year, Belfast man Conlan switched coaches, leaving his initial base in Los Angeles to set up camp with Adam Booth in London and he feels the change will quickly pay dividends in his performance in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

"The transition from working with Manny Robles to Adam Booth has been great. I feel very comfortable working with Adam. I want to get to my natural boxing style and working with Adam will help with that," said Conlan.

"That's not to take anything away from Manny because the time I spent in his gym was a great experience and will stand to me. Adam is a very technical coach but at the same time he likes to see his fighters punching hard - technical precision along with good movement."

In regard to his clash with Berna, who has mixed in higher quality than Conlan, the exciting featherweight prospect says he is relishing the challenge.

"It will be exactly one year to the day since my professional debut in the Mecca of boxing. I'm excited and ready to put on a great show for my amazing fans," added Conlan.

"I know, like last year, thousands are travelling over to support me for which I'm hugely grateful.

"This guy is a step up for me and this is what I wanted for my first eight-rounder.

"I want to go and perform the way I know I can and the good thing about this guy is that he will be coming at me to win."

The fight is being shown live on BoxNation. 

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