The Mexican tops the Boxnation show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Saturday and had hoped to defend his Commonwealth super flyweight title.
However, work visa issues for prospective opponent Julias Kisarawe [22(11)-3(1)-1] of Tanzania prevented a rainbow belt defence.
Instead, Conlan will now fight in an eight rounder against Hungarian David Koos [8(2)-2(1)-1]. All of the 20 year old’s wins came in his local gym, and he has been beaten both times he has fought overseas, being stopped by Jay Harris and being outpointed by Prince Patel.
While Conlan will be frustrated at the lack of a title on the line, he will be wary of overlooking his Central European foe, as any slip-up here could derail his World title plans. The 30 year old has secured a WBO final eliminator for next year.
On his opponent, Conlan said “Expect fireworks, every fight now is a World title fight. If I slip back down the ladder I’ll have to start from the very beginning again. There can’t be any slip-ups on Saturday night, I need to get this one out of the way and prepare myself for the biggest fight of my life next year.”
“I need to get in there and get the job done. My team has really pushed me forward and we’ve been making some great progress over the past few months. Everyone behind me is pushing me in the right direction and now it’s my time!”
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