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Conlan Brushes Shakur To The Side, Wants Revenge on Nikitin

Michael Conlan has dismissed comparisons with fellow elite amateur Shakur Stevenson and is more interested in exacting retribution on Vladimir Nikitin.
 
Conlan, who won a world title in the unpaid ranks, suffered an infamous points decision reverse to Nikitin at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the Russian has since joined him in turning professional.
 
Like Conlan, Stevenson – an Olympic silver medallist – boasts an 8-0 record and with the featherweights two of the most promising prospects in boxing, plenty has been made of a potential future match-up between the two. Not, though, by Conlan himself.

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Conlan said: “People will make comparisons between me and Shakur and want me to contribute to it but I don’t focus on anybody apart from myself. If he wins a world title before I do, so be it. It doesn’t have any effect on my journey.
 
“If there was someone who I was slightly focused on, the only person I have in mind is the Russian Nikitin from the Rio Olympics. I want to right that wrong then my focus will turn to something else.
 
“Shakur has performed well and I know he’s talented. I give him respect but to me he’s just another possible future opponent. He and his people are just mentioning me so often to try and gain publicity.
 
“His publicist talks all this rubbish about me because I sold out Madison Square Garden. American athletes didn’t do that and so they were just clutching at straws with the whole thing.
 
“I’ve said since the start of my career that 2019 is the year I wanted to win a world title. It might be at the end of that year so I can get as much time and experience as possible. I feel I’m on course to be thereabouts by then. I turned professional to challenge myself.”
 
Conlan returns to action under the bright lights in Las Vegas on October 20.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 10-10-2018

I'd like to see Conlan sound out the winner of the up coming Marc Vidal/Kiko Martinez EBU title fight.

Comment by KidDinamita on 10-10-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;19180133]Conlan has no chance with the top featherweights unless they all move up which seems likely! His best bet is Warrington or Selby if he was still champ! Russell Jr and co would put a hurting on the kid, needs…

Comment by -Kev- on 10-09-2018

I still don't know how good these two are so I have no interest in watching this fight right now. They have a whopping 16 pro fights combined. How about get to 20 pro fights each, fight some good contenders,…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 10-09-2018

[I][/I][QUOTE=DramaShow;19179802]Shaker Stevenson is in the haymon protection program he won't be fighting anyone legit for a LONG time[/QUOTE] Lol.............. Take the rest of the evening off......

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 10-09-2018

Scheduling is all this kid needs, some fights in NY scheduled at the correct time 3-17, and the GGG method of opponents.....He'll be GREAT in the US :usaribbon

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