BOXING: Jamie Conlan sure brother Michael will make impression

Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan

Jamie Conlan believes his brother Michael will showcase his ‘superstar potential’ in New York this weekend when he fights for the second time at Madison Square Garden’s.

While Belfast’s two-time Olympian was the headline act at MSG for his professional debut last March, Michael Conlan will be a support act at the famous fight venue on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old featherweight features on the undercard of a much-anticipated WBO world super-featherweight title showdown between double Olympic gold medallists Vasly Lomachenko and and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Conlan will look to extend his undefeated pro record to 5-0 when he meets Argentinean Luis Fernando Molina (7-3-1) over six rounds .

“I think this fight is perfect for Mick,” said elder Conlan brother, Jamie. “I’m excited for him to perform on such a big stage in front of the media that are going to be covering such a big card.

“It’ll do him the world of good and it’ll propel him on to another level in terms of superstar ability and potential,” continued Jamie, who believes Molina will offer a decent test to asses how his brother is progressing in the paid ranks.

“Molina’s someone we’ve had our eye on,” he explained. “A tough South American, who’s going to try and push Mick back.

“He’s got a good left hook, he’s never been stopped and he’s mixed it at a decent level as both an amateur and a pro, so it’s another step in the right direction.”

And Michael Conlan is looking forward to returning to NewYork tomorrow night.

“It’s great to be back here in New York and it feels like home,

. “I’ve only been here a few days, but it is class and I love the place. This is where you want to be as a fighter.

“It is a special place to fight. I already believe it is my home from home. The amount of fans I’ll bring on Saturday night is going to be phenomenal.

“I feel like I’m moving along nicely - four wins, four KOs so far and it’ll be five at the weekend. Then I’ll enjoy Christmas and be back at it in the new year.”