Jamie Conlan says leaving John Breen’s stable in Belfast to join up with the MGM Gym in Marbella was “the hardest decision I have ever made”.
The move brings to an end a long association between Conlan and Breen in which the Belfast super-flyweight claimed the WBO European and Inter-continental title.
Jamie – older brother of Olympic bronze medal winner Michael – will now live and train in Spain as he works at the MGM Gym in Marbella.
‘The Mexican’ has been training at MGM regularly and believes that it is the place to be if he wants to further his career.
“Telling John I was leaving the gym was the hardest thing that I have ever done. It was heart-breaking.
“I have known John since I was 14 or 15 and he has always been there for me, in and out of the ring.
“It will not be the same without him but we left on amicable terms and he is still there for advice if I need it.
“I have gone to the MGM for the training facilities along with top class sparring.
“I will still be based in Belfast but will come out for camps before my fights. They take care of your diet, your fitness and I will be full-time which will bring my game on.
“I will be living in an apartment with three or four other fighters, so I will sleeping, eating and breathing boxing.
“You only get one chance at this and I think this move will help me, but it was very hard to leave John,” said Conlan,
Conlan will now be trained by Danny Vaughan and the MGM Management Team are delighted to have him on board.
“We think Jamie will be a world champion in the next 12-18 months.
“He comes from a proud boxing family and we are looking forward to getting behind him and help him reach his potential.”
Meanwhile, Barry McGuigan is convinced Carl Frampton will stop Guillermo Rigondeaux if they meet in the ring.
Frampton defended his IBF World title on Saturday night after stopping Chris Avalos in the fifth round.
Rigondeaux holds the WBO and WBA World titles but McGuigan is sure Frampton has the power to stop the Cuban.
“I’ve always said that he’s the hardest puncher at super-bantamweight in the world,” McGuigan said.
“There isn’t a harder puncher. Everybody is screaming about Guillermo Rigondeaux but look at what happened the last time he fought a Japanese guy [Hisashi Amagasa], a big stringy kid who couldn’t really hit, and he was dropped twice and badly hurt.
“When Frampton hits him, he’s going to knock him out — but we’ll hit him when I want him to hit him.
“It’s not an exciting fight at the minute, it’s not something that attracts us. Quigg does, Santa Cruz does.
“This guy is the best super-bantamweight in the world and we’re going to prove it.”
Finally, Belfast’s Ryan Burnett has been handed a massive opportunity to progress his career after being handed a slot on a massive American undercard.
The Belfast bantamweight will make his Stateside debut on a fight card topped by a clash between World Champion Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson.
Burnett confirmed on social media that he will have the chance to go 8-0 on April 11.
“Great news!!! Iv been chosen to fight in. New York on the undercard of Danny Garica vs Lamont Peterson April 11th,” he said.