It is fight week for yet another top tier Featherweight Clash, coming in the form of Michael Conlan Vs Jordan Gill live on DAZN from the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday night.
It feels as though we have been inundated with top level Featherweight clashes in 2023, with the top picks including Maurico Lara Vs Leigh Wood I & II, Leigh Wood Vs Josh Warrington, Luis Alberto Lopez Vs Michael Conlan and Ray Vargas Vs O’Shaquie Foster. Great fights have continued to be made in this weight class, and this bout is no exception.
And I feel this fight has been made at the perfect time. Both Michael Conlan and Jordan Gill are coming off defeats, and will both have points to prove to get back on track of World Title ambitions. When fighters are coming off defeats, making these fights always has that extra bit of interest. At times, these fights can be cagey because fighters are so nervous about losing. However, it can also swing the other way where both fighters want to prove that they are still world class and go hell-for-leather.
And for this bout, I can really see a slug fest brewing. I can see both fighters coming out raring to go and wanting to make a statement to get back on track of a world title charge. The hard part here is picking who pulls it off. Or is it?
Michael Conlan has to be mentioned first here. He has been involved in some outstanding fights and really wears his heart on his sleeve. This has included two attempts at becoming world champion and being some barn burners in the process.
However, Jordan Gill has the capability to take a lot of punishment. But just how much at this stage of his career? It’s going to be interesting to see just how much he is going to be able to take come Saturday night.
In my humble opinion, I feel Michael Conlan has obtained far too much world level experience for Gill, whereas Gill has been stalled around European Level for a long time.
This is why I feel Conlan will get the better of Gill, and will do so by stopping him in the second half of the fight – possibly rounds 7-9.
A fantastic fight on the undercard is Agyarko Vs Williamson – pick of the bunch.
Catch the fight live on DAZN from 19:00.
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