With just days until his first ever World Title fight, Jamie Conlan feels he couldn’t be more prepared.
On November 18th, he challenges Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF World Super-Flyweight crown in Belfast.
"Over the past 12 or 13 weeks we’ve sat down and looked at every possible clip. We’ve been meticulous in our approach and we’ve covered every angle," he told 32Red.
"I don’t know if people are underestimating my ability but I think some see it as a big underdog story. I agree. When you look at both of our records you have to admit that I’m the underdog for a reason but I’m very confident in my ability and the stuff I’ve been doing. I wholeheartedly believe that I will become world champion."
Conlan will have the backing of his home crowd at the SSE Arena, as chief support to Carl Frampton’s homecoming against Horacio Garcia.
Ancajas, who has 18 KOs in his 27 wins, is fiercely talented. The Manny Pacquiao-promoted Filipino was last seen on BoxNation screens back in July on the Pacquiao v Jeff Horn card, chopping down Teiru Kinoshita in the seventh round in Brisbane.
While most of his recent opponents have been come-forward Mexican style fighters, the 31-year-old has been preparing for a more technical tussle on Saturday.
"We’ve covered all bases. We’ve brought in tough Mexican sparring partners and we’ve stood and fought in the centre of the ring for eight or ten rounds. We brought in movers who we had to keep at bay. We’ve covered everything.
"No matter which way this fight turns - and it will turn - we’ll have it covered," predicted Conlan. "It doesn’t even matter what he brings, I’m only worrying about what I’m going to do."
Alongside the Featherweights and perhaps the Cruiserweights, the 115lb division is one of the most talented weight classes in the sport. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Naoya Inoue lead the way, with others such as Juan Francisco Estrada, Carlos Cuadras and Khalid Yafai in the chase.
“If you look at the whole top 15 at Super-Flyweight, every fight is a hard fight and you have the likes of Estrada who aren’t even world champions. The depth in the division is fantastic and it’s a who’s who of world boxing. To be coming from the outside with this underdog stature it’s really exciting to be in the mix,” Conlan added.
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