Feature | Dec 20 2018

Michael Conlan prepared for difficult test against Jason Cunningham

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Michael Conlan
Josh Warrington & Carl Frampton media work-outs  |  Action Images/Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

MICHAEL CONLAN hasn’t put a foot wrong since his highly awaited switch from the amateur code back in March 2017. The Belfast man has racked up a perfect record of 9-0, six coming early, and promises that the journey is only just getting underway.

However, he will look to cap off an excellent year in 2018, with a 10th win, this time over Jason Cunningham, a former Commonwealth champion from Doncaster, on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s clash with IBF featherweight king Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena on BT Sport Box Office.

Conlan paid tribute to his promotional team at Top Rank who have guided his career after he joined the stable following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He told Boxing News: “I have a lot of respect for Jason Cunningham and I’m more than aware of what he is about. He’s tough and doesn’t back down and like me, he’s a tough, blue collar, working class kid, so he was never turning down this challenge. He accepted straight away and he believes he can beat me, otherwise he wouldn’t be in there. It’s a good fight for me though and I will show my class.