By Jonny Stapleton
Jamie Conlan is training hard for an Odyssey Arena April 14 Commonwealth flyweight title fight with Abmerk Shindjuu.
The Irish Prospect of the Year has yet to hear official conformation the title bout has been
made, but believes talks are at an advanced stage and is hoping to be able to announce the break through clash before the weekend is out.
Indeed the fight, which will add significant appeal to the ‘Unfinished Business’ Martin Rogan and Tyson Fury card, is such a possibility Conlan has studied the Namibian and is training with the former title holder and mandatory challenger in mind.
“This is the big one I was hoping for. I hope it can be made. I am waiting for official conformation, it come as early as today,” Conlan told Mirror Sport yesterday.
“I am not sure where they are in terms of contracts and that, but they are talking about it. John (Breen) keeps telling me he will have news soon. We are just waiting now. I have been training as if the fight is made. He is a tough nut. You wouldn’t be going in there to blast him out. He has gone 12 rounds too, so he has a few advantages over me. It seems to have come at the perfect time for me. I could fight for a major title in the Odyssey in front of a Belfast crowd. It is a dream fight and if I won the belt it would push me on to bigger and better things.”
Conlan is certainly excited with the prospect of following Carl Frampton to become Belfast’s second current Commonwealth champ, but he is upset he has missed out on the chance to prove he was Lord of the Belfast flys.
The John Breen trained pro, whose brother Michael will represent Ireland in London 2012, claimed Luke Wilton pulled out of a scheduled fight between the pair.
Conlan has since questioned the courage of his city rival.
“Luke Wilton pulled out of a fight with me. He turned it down. He is a coward. I am really annoyed over it. He was doing a lot of social network mouthing, made it personal and then pulled out. He can come up with all the excuses he wants, but he is afraid to fight me.”
Michael Sweeney also confrimed he is in talks re a bout with Belfast’s Darren Corbett for the ‘Undecided’ Card