Belfast boxer Jamie Conlan will give Commonwealth rival Anthony Nelson re-match

Scars of battle: Jamie Conlan after victory over Anthony Nelson at the Copper Box Arena.  Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire
Scars of battle: Jamie Conlan after victory over Anthony Nelson at the Copper Box Arena. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Jamie Conlan is happy to give Anthony Nelson a return match – providing the South Shields star comes to Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s newest champion ripped the Commonwealth belt from Nelson with a clinical eighth-round KO at the Copper Box Arena in London.

The rivals had been highly respectful in the build-up and Conlan was full of praise for the 30-year-old in the aftermath of his greatest triumph last night.

Nelson put the MGM boxer down twice and his punches caused considerable damage to his challenger’s face.

He proved himself worthy of the top level though Conlan delivered the perfect finish.

Asked if he felt Nelson would bounce back, Conlan replied “100% yes.

Anthony Nelson on the attack against Jamie Conlan (right) in  London. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire

Anthony Nelson on the attack against Jamie Conlan (right) in London. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire

“He showed great heart, what he may lack in technical ability he makes up with determination, heart and engine.

“Anthony showed so much grit.

“I hit him a few times absolutely clean, he not only got up but smiled!

“Fair play to him, he was great. I’d really love it again, why not?

Fair play to Anthony, he was great. I’d really love it again, why not?

JAMIE CONLAN

“I don’t have many quiet fights, I’d love a quiet fight, but I’d go again with Anthony.”

Conlan said he was keen to return to his home city for his next contest after two appearance in Dublin and Saturday’s win over Nelson at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“I would love to go back to Belfast and give that crowd a show they deserve,” said the 29-year-old.

“I’ve now been there in a while.

“I loved Dublin in my two previous fight – it’s my dad’s home city, it’s where MGM are from, and the place adopted me against Junior Granados when I won the WBO inter-continental.

“It would be great though to go back to Belfast.”

Conlan appeared to be losing the fight when he delivered a powerful left hook to Nelson’s body early in round eight.

The challenger was put down twice in the seventh – though one was ruled as a low blow – and he said a rollicking from coach Danny Vaughan got him going again.

“He’d had a great round in the seventh and Danny said a few choice words in the corner and said I had to show something,” he said.