Common Goal- Conlan believes April title fight is step in right direction

It’s full Nelson time for Jamie Conlan.

‘The Mexican’ hasn’t taken up wrestling, but expects a whole hearted confidence filled test when he challenges for the Commonwealth super flyweight title in London on April 30.

The popular Belfast little man, who has former World champion Paul Butler in his sights,  challenges undefeated Anthony Nelson for the rainbow strap on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders first WBO World middleweight title defence at the Copper Box and expects a tough test.

However, it’s an examination the Belfast fighter is confident he can pass before going on to challenge for bigger belts.

“The Commonwealth belt is one that everyone likes to have – British, Commonwealth, European and then go on to the bigger ones,” Conlan told the Irish News.

“It’s another step in the right direction, it’s an undefeated fighter, a champion – I’m not fighting for a vacant belt and it’s always a lot harder when you’re fighting for someone else’s belt because they’ve got something to lose.

“It’s another move up the ladder and another belt for me.”

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