The first of two boxing cards on television this weekend emanates from the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland as undefeated super flyweight Jamie Conlan looks to impress in front of his home fans.
13-0 across a five year professional career, Conlan has mainly featured on the undercards of compatriot Carl Frampton, but has the chance to carve out a reputation as a credible headliner in his own right on Saturday night.
Conlan’s WBO Inter-Continental belt is on the line against Mexico’s 13-2-1 Junior Granados, who comes into this fight with only one win in his last four matches.
Granados may well be surprised to see his Irish opponent clad in a sombrero when he makes his entrance to the ring, but Conlan’s nickname is ‘the Mexican’ which makes this an untraditional local derby of sorts.
Conlan has stopped four of his last five rivals which is impressive for such a small weight class, while Granados was finished in one round by 1-8 journeyman Antonio Rodriguez in November 2013.
Expect this to be a short fight as Conlan will want to make an impact in Dublin, and is coming up against a very average fighter.
There is not a lot of betting opportunity to be had in this showcase event, unless you fancy the Granados upset at a massive 18/1.
12-0 Tommy Langford headlines the undercard in a WBO Inter-Continental middleweight match with 15-4 Mexican Julio Cesar Avalos, while there are also bouts scheduled for exciting bantamweight Ryan Burnett, former world title challenger Patrick Hyland, entertaining lightweight Stephen Ormond and cruiserweight prospect Steve Collins Jr.
Mansouri vs Sheedy, Saturday night 10.00pm, Spike TV
The best televised fight of the weekend will take place at the Magna Centre, Rotherham later that night, where home favourite Navid Mansouri meets local neighbour Sam Sheedy for the English light middleweight title.
14-1-2 with a lone defeat coming in a Prizefighter three rounder against Terry Carruthers in November 2012, Mansouri is an entertaining boxer with plenty of tactical talent.
He will have to be at his very best in Rotherham however, as the 15-0 Sam Sheedy is a tricky southpaw with a big following in Sheffield.
Although neither man has a particularly good knockout percentage, Mansouri’s past two victories have come via TKO, while Sheedy has dropped or stopped four of his last five opponents.
This is a perfect crossroads fight for both boxers as each will know a defeat will cause their careers to take a severe backwards step, with the winner in line for a potential British title shot in the near future.
The English middleweight championship is also on the line in Rotherham as 16-1-1 Lewis Taylor faces 10-1 Grant Cunningham in what should be a very engrossing scrap.Reuse content