Boxing

Michael Conlan hoping for Feile Fall's Park world title fight

Michael Conlan is hoping for a world title fight at Feile an Phobail in Fall's Park this summer
Andy Watters

MICHAEL Conlan hopes to land the world title shot he craves at this summer's Feile an Phobail outdoor boxing spectacular in Belfast's Fall's Park.

Conlan has been pencilled in as the next challenger for the WBO super-bantamweight title which could change hands on Saturday night when defending champion Angelo Leo tangles with Steve Fulton in Connecticut.

The unbeaten west Belfast fighter wants to fight the winner and – whether it's Leo or Fulton – he's confident he has the beating of both.

“If I was to look into the future at either Leo or Steve Fulton I know I'd beat both of them, I'd beat both of them right now,” said the former amateur world champion.

“I'm very confident that I would beat both of them, so 2021 is the year that I become world champion. Without doubt, I'll be world champion and I'll beat Leo or Fulton. Whoever it is, I'll beat them and if it's someone else, I'll beat him too.”

An ankle injury means there's unlikely to be a return to New York Mecca Madison Square Garden for Conlan this year. It looks likely that he'll fight again in April in preparation for his world title shot.

“I think I'll have a fight and then I'll fight either Leo or Fulton and it could be at the Feile,” he said.

“If the chance came up to face either of them in my next fight, then 100 per cent I'd take it but more than likely it'll be Feile. We'll see how everything falls, I'm just focussed on being the best I can be.

“I have no plans at the minute, I've heard I could possibly be back in April so St Paddy's Day in New York mightn't happen, New York probably won't be back to what it was for a long time.”

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