Conlan: Title shot a reward for perseverance

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Jamie Conlan says the hard times of making ends meet, when it got so tough he almost quit boxing, have prepared him well for Saturday's world title shot.

The 31-year-old challenges Filipino Jerwin Ancajas for his IBF world junior-bantamweight title at the SSE Arena in his home city of Belfast after combining his boxing career with jobs as a qualified aircraft engineer, a hospital porter and a building site labourer.

Conlan (19-0, 11 KOs) has been able to focus entirely on his first attempt at global glory -- but it was not always the case.

Conlan told ESPN: "There have been more downs than ups, there was more than once -- a good handful of times -- when I would ring my da' and say I am done, I ca not take it anymore.

"My career has been difficult coming through with no promotional backing, no real managerial force behind me and being a super flyweight you are generally forgotten about.

"I sold a lot of tickets but the big shows did not happen all the time and I was just getting used and left in limbo.

"I would have a great win and then I would stall for six months because there was no boxing in Northern Ireland. I was fighting in places like Kent and Liverpool and there were some tough times indeed.


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