UK News: Frampton-Garcia Update, Conlan Brothers Spar, More

All-action Super-Flyweight Jamie Conlan has enlisted the help of his younger brother Michael Conlan to prepare for November 18th.

Conlan challenges IBF World Champion Jerwin Ancajas at the SSE Arena in Belfast, on the Carl Frampton undercard, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

"Good tech sparring session with @jamieconlan11 working on game plans for Nov 18th," Michael wrote on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

Jamie has been fighting tough Mexicans and come-forward boxers, but Ancajas is more varied in his style and is a great mover. So the unbeaten Belfast boxer has recognised the need to change his training methods.

"He is complete opposite to what we are used to," Jamie explained to Irish-Boxing. "The Mexican fighters I have been used to fighting, he is the complete opposite to them. He is fleet footed. He is not an out-and-out gung-ho brawler. He is a completely different animal."

Michael is 4-0 since turning pro with Top Rank, and continues to impress across the pond. The younger Conlan brother is recognised as one of Ireland's greatest ever amateurs and has bags of experience.

"One thing Mick can do is adapt to any different style, so he is going to come in and imitate him [Ancajas] over the next two or three weeks," added the 30-year-old.

Ancajas defended his IBF crown on the Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn card in Brisbane in the summer and recorded an impressive stoppage win over Teiru Kinoshita. Michael also boxed on the Australian card so Jamie watched on from ringside.

"I haven’t met someone like him, but he hasn’t met someone who boxes like me either,” he argued. "I watched him throughout fight week and he was cool, calm, and collected. He took everything in his stride. He didn’t show any real weaknesses or chinks in his armour.

“But from the videos I have seen, I have seen some things we can exploit. The majority of his opponents have been southpaws even in his defences since he won the World Title.”

Main event on an unmissable evening of action sees three-time World Champion Carl Frampton MBE make his highly-anticipated Belfast return against Mexican Horacio Garcia; WBO Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete makes the first defence of his crown against fellow South African Siboniso Gonya; Dublin rivals Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty rematch for the IBF European Super-Featherweight title and hugely-popular triple Olympian Paddy Barnes makes the first defence of his WBO European Championship.


Lyon Woodstock is fast carving a rep as one of British boxing’s best yappers as well as one of its hardest hitters.

And the lethal hooker from Beaumont Leys hopes to chat and splat his way into a major title contest before the season closes next summer.

Last April, in an emotional homecoming at the Leicester Arena, the 24 year old landed the Midland Area super-feather strap, after landing large on the whiskers of defending champ Paul Holt in round three.

‘Everything I said I’d do against Holt, I delivered,' said Woodstock. ‘He boasted he’d get me into a fight but, after the first round, he didn’t live up to standard.

'I probably could’ve finished him in the first if I’d chosen. As soon as I turned up the heat a little bit, I knew he couldn’t handle it. I decided I’d had enough and put him away.’

The East Midlander’s potent punching and Kamikaze mindset has established ‘King Lyon’ as a firm fan favourite across the nation. He disagrees with some critics who claim his free swinging wild style will fall short against the competition at the top end of the 130lb crop.

‘I didn’t agree with some of the commentators criticisms against Holt and others. Mid fight, only I know what’s required tactically. I’ve not got it wrong so far, have I?!’ points out the former ABA semi-finalist who meets rugged Southern Area champ Craig Poxton in Leeds later this month.

‘I could devote my whole life to raising money for charity overseas and you’d still find some ‘loser’ who’d have something negative to say. I’m not remotely bothered by the opinions of others. I just do my thing.

 ‘I’m a pure risk taker and that’s what makes me so exciting to my fans. If you dive into the swimming pool, you get wet. If you step into the boxing ring, you get hit. That simple.

‘I’m very confident that if me and my opponent both let our fists fly mid ring, I’ll come off better.  As soon as I lick you, you know about it.

'But I’ve absolutely no fear of losing. I crave to fight the very best kids, the sooner, the better. Super-feather is littered with quality lads like Walsh, Ward, Zelfa (Barrett), Jupp and Andy Townend. It’s no secret I’d most like to bash-up Mitchell Smith but I’ll fight any of them, all of them. Let’s just have a ‘Royal Rumble’!

‘I’m in boxing to build a legacy, not a record. If I get stopped, I guarantee I’ll bounce back. I’m in this to honour my name.’

Main event on October 21 sees local hero Josh Warrington face the undefeated Dennis Ceylan in an Official Eliminator for Lee Selby's IBF Featherweight World Championship.

Chief support on an unmissable evening of action sees Huddersfield’s British Super-Lightweight Champion Tyrone Nurse (35-2-2,7 KOs) make a highly-anticipated defence of his crown against undefeated Chorley star Jack Catterall (18-0, 10 KOs).

Manchester prospect Zelfa Barrett (18-0, 11 KOs) takes on Chris Conwell (9-2, 2 KOs) for the Vacant English Super-Featherweight title.
Undefeated Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent J.J Metcalf (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Leeds native Damon Jones (15-1, 3 KOs) in an official eliminator for the British title currently held by Warren stablemate Liam Williams.
An action-packed undercard also features British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs); former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and GB squad standout Sam Maxwell (Super-Lightweight, 3-0, 2 KOs); Bradford Welterweight Darren Tetley (14-0, 5KOs); Chapel-en-le-Frith Cruiserweight Jack Massey (12-0, 6 KOs); Doncaster Featherweight Reece Mould (6-0, 2 KOs); Leeds Flyweight Jack Bateson (1-0, 1 KO) and the professional debut of Leeds fighter Jack Daniels.


3-0, 2 KO's

Joyce has made a thunderous start to his professional career with some eye-catching displays and has the opportunity to showcase his ability on a huge stage. The 2016 Rio Olympian defeated Ivan Godor over six rounds in his last outing, the first time that Joyce has been extended further than the third round since turning professional.

"It's a great opportunity." said Joyce. "The atmosphere inside the arena is going to be absolutely incredible and I can't wait to get out there and put on a show.

"It was good getting the rounds under my belt. The first two fights ended early, it's always good to get the knockout, but getting the ring time was great experience. I'm always in the gym pushing myself and this fight will be no different. I'm in this sport for World Titles and that's why I push myself to the limit in training every day."

3-0, 3 KO's

Crocker has exploded onto the professional scene with a series of hard-hitting displays and is now preparing to deliver another explosive performance at the SSE Arena. Since switching to the professional ranks, Crocker has yet to be extended further than the second round in any of his three contests.

"It's going to be a special night." said Crocker. "Big fight nights are always special in Belfast but this one will be on another level. When Carl Frampton is in action the city is electric and I can't wait to be part of it.
"It's been a great start to my career and hopefully it continues. The knockout streak is good to have but I won't be putting any pressure on myself to get the stoppage. I'll be looking to do what I know I can when the bell sounds and if the knockout comes I'll take it."

5-0, 2 KO's

Ward is looking to continue the winning momentum after making a flawless start to his career. It's another Belfast fight night for the Light-Heavyweight and he's looking forward to making his fifth appearance in his home city.

"It's been a great start and I want to keep it going," said Ward. "I've started hurting my opponents in the last couple of fights and it was good to get the stoppages but it's getting the win that counts and I want to keep moving forward and progressing."

"It's great having these events in Belfast and the response you get from the fans is unbelievable. Training away from home is tough but it makes it worthwhile when you get the opportunity to fight in front of your own support and it's going to be another great night."

2-0, 2 KO's

Dickinson is quickly establishing himself as one of the Heavyweight division's most exciting prospects and the Liverpool man is delighted to be a part of the action on November 18th. Two knockouts in his first two appearances have set him up perfectly for the new season and the big-hitting powerhouse is excited ahead of his third appearance.

"I made my debut in Belfast and it's great to return" said Dickinson. "It was a great atmosphere in June and I'm expecting this one to be even better with Carl Frampton back boxing in the city.

"It's all gone perfectly to plan so far and I believe it's going to keep getting better. I'm working hard in the gym every day, working on different things and I'm planning on putting on a show in Belfast. The Heavyweight division is back where it belongs as boxing's most exciting division and I can't wait to force my way into the big fights."

1-0, 1 KO

Cully burst onto the professional scene with a destructive first round knockout victory over Gyula Tallosi at the Devenish Complex and is excited to feature on the big stage. An excellent spell in the amateurs has set Cully up perfectly for his professional career and he believes this is the first of many big nights in the future.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be a part of this show." said Cully. "It's going to be an epic night and I can't wait to soak up the atmosphere. Carl Frampton is the type of fighter that inspires you and it's amazing to be a part of the event."

"To get the stoppage on my pro debut was the perfect outcome. I wanted to make a big statement and I think I did that with the first round knockout. I believe I'll be a world champion in the future and these are the occasions that you dream about when you decide to put on the gloves."

*Opponents will be confirmed in due course*

Main event on an unmissable evening of action sees three-time World Champion Carl Frampton MBE make his highly-anticipated Belfast return against Mexican Horacio Garcia; all-action Belfast hero Jamie Conlan gets his long-awaited World Title shot against IBF Super-Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas; WBO Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete makes the first defence of his crown against fellow South African Siboniso Gonya; Dublin rivals Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty rematch for the IBF European Super-Featherweight title and hugely-popular triple Olympian Paddy Barnes makes the first defence of his WBO European Championship.

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