Jamie Conlan returns to ring on Saturday after ‘fight of the year’ contender
Bloody battles fought bravely, an appropriate phrase describing two of Jamie ‘The Mexican’ Conlan’s recent fights.
On Saturday evening Belfast man Conlan (16-0) will face Czech boxer Patrik Bartos (7-9-0) in a super flyweight contest at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales live on BoxNation.
Conlan’s prior outing was against Anthony Nelson in an exhilarating thriller in London last April.
A wincing body shot in the eighth awarded Conlan (29) the win; another bout where ‘The Mexican’ rose from the canvas and found a path to victory.
Reflecting on the classic clash, Conlan told Fightstore Media last month: “I’ve never felt anything like it in my career. The elation and the relief, just the sense of joy that I had just won.
“I felt it when I watched my brother and stuff but I knew as soon as my shot [left hook] landed it was over. I was just so happy and it’s hard to explain.
“It was just one of them fights that caught the imagination [of the public] and their love of the game.”
Following his wars with Junior Granados and Anthony Nelson, Conlan will be aiming for a more commanding performance, like against Adrian Dimas Garzon, who he dispatched of in round four at the National Stadium in November.
Cruiserweight prospect Gary Sweeney (22) will participate in his second professional fight against Marek Gabor on the BoxNation show.
Galway pugilist Sweeney burst onto the combat scene with a first round knockout over Mario Lakatos in May.
His upcoming opponent Gabor has never been stopped.
Tyrone McKenna, a light welterweight prospect from Belfast, fights Chris Adaway on the bill also.
McKenna has built a record of [9-0-1] and is expected to secure his tenth victory on Saturday night barring an upset.
All three Irish boxers hold undefeated records ahead of the stacked card in Wales.
Cuban great Guillermo Rigondeaux will defend his WBA Super Bantamweight world title against Jazza Dickens.
Fellow world champion Terry Flanagan will fight South African challenger Mzonke Fana for his WBO lightweight crown.
All the action can be followed on BoxNation from 6 p.m. tomorrow.
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