Jamie Conlan returns to Dublin to headline another show at the National Stadium on November 7th and, while his previous fight at the venue was a fight-of-the-year contender, the Belfast super flyweight wants to put on a better performance this time round.
The 28 year old was unhappy with the manner he overcame tough Mexican Junior Granados back in July, having to rise from the canvas twice and grind out a victory.
Speaking today to irish-boxing.com from his training camp in Spain, Conlan explained how he is not looking to get into another war as “once you have been in a war like that,you know all about it and after you’re saying to yourself that you want no more.”
“After a while it is a bit of both – you enjoy the feeling of winning and having to earn it and the atmosphere it generates, but you want a long career and a healthy life after that so you think it’s better not to have too many.”
“But this is the sport we are in your and you have to be prepared for tough fights.”
Conlan feels that he did not box to the best of his ability that night, admitting that “I under performed, no doubt about it, I was not at my best.”
“It wasn’t down to anyone but myself.”
In trying to explain this under-performance, the Belfast man hypothesised that perhaps his preparations were not perfect, reasoning that “I over ate the day of the fight.”
“I don’t know why, I usually don’t eat with the little bit of nerves the day of the fight, but I had three breakfasts that day and still wasn’t full.”
“Come 4 o’clock when it was time to eat again, I still wasn’t full and ate again.”
“After that I started to cramp. I didn’t feel right going into the arena and Danny (Vaughan) asked me what was wrong when we were doing the pads.”
Indeed, Conlan revealed that his problems were so severe that “when Grandos was walking to the ring I was dry wretching – I just wasn’t right.”
Obviously this effected the Irishman in the ring, and Conlan notes that “I couldn’t do things we had worked on leading up to the fight.”
“My head movement and upper body movement were limited.”
“We had planned to roll a lot more but I just couldn’t.”
Conlan is now more motivated than ever ahead of his second headline bout and has promised that “I will definitely put things right on November 7th.”