Conlan is hoping the home crowd can play a part on Saturday…

Undefeated Super-Flyweight Jamie Conlan will face one of the best fighters in the division when he challenges Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF World Title this Saturday in Belfast.

And the home favourite is hoping the home supporters can urge him on as he aims for world honours –


“Ancajas comes now to a hostile, volatile cauldron in Belfast. When he enters the arena with 10,000 Irishmen supporting their own, it’ll be a lot harder when 10,000 people are shouting.”

Conlan knows the importance of having home support and has overcome tough times in the past –

“I’ve dealt with the hand in previous fights where I’ve been down and had to get up, been cut and can’t see for 2-3 rounds and been able to handle that environment where everything was crazy. It’s waters I’ve swam in, I’m very familiar with it,” Conlan said.

Conlan has a healthy respect for his opponent and recognises the challenge ahead –

“I do believe he’s better than Kal Yafai,” said ‘The Mexican’. “I believe he is the second best in the division with [WBO Champion Naoya] Inoue being the best. I don’t think he’s the weakest Champion.”

“Ancajas is a great fighter. To be a World Champion in the Super-Flyweight division says something about you. It’s the toughest I’ve seen in the world at the moment.”

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