Flyweight Jamie Conlan has a puncher's chance

 He may not make a whole lot of noise outside of the ring but Belfast Jamie Conlan is certainly making his presence felt within the squared circle. The 24-year-old was a slick moving amateur, whose brother Michael recently competed in the Commonwealth games, but as a professional Jamie is starting to add a little bit of spite to his punches (picture courtesy of Russell Pritchard).
"My power is starting to show now, I'm sitting down on the shots and John [Breen] has me working on the bodyshots and uppercuts, things that wouldn't have been used so much as an amateur," said Conlan.
"I'm enjoying the pro game immensly. Each day you digest more and more and I'm learning how to pace myself. I feel myself getting stronger as the fights come along."
Featuring on the last Barry McGuigan bill -when headliner Carl Frampton disposed of Yuriy Voronin- Jamie impressed his considerable following with a third-round pounding of Hyusein Hyuseinov.
"My last opponent came in a lot heavier than me but that wasn't a concern because I'm used to sparring bigger, heavier guys in the gym. I can handle all sorts of styles and want to stay active.
"I've been sparring with Andy Murray and Patrick Hyland up at Breen's Gym and feeling sharp and ready for my next fight night.
That next assignment will come on December 3, against a yet unconfirmed opponent.
"I think my opponent on the night will be a Georgian and I'm expecting a tough night's work," concluded Conlan.


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Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko is preparing to face Australian Alex Leapai on 26th April and as usual he has chosen the familiar surroundings of the Austrian Alps. Just hours after winning his professional debut at the Copper Box in London, 24-year old Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay was on a plane to join up with him in what the Ukrainian calls 'Champ Camp'.

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.