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Published: 12:08 | 1/5/16

Conlan delights in Commonwealth win

Belfast fighter beats Nelson in London

Belfast's Jamie Conlan battled back to stop Anthony Nelson and become the new Commonwealth super-flyweight champion.

In a fierce contest in London, the Englishman appeared to have gained the edge when he knocked his opponent down in the seventh round.

Conlon, however, regained his composure to administer a left hook to the body that floored Nelson, who was unable to make the count.

"I knew the round before, he'd had a big round, and I'd kind of had a break in that," the Northern Irishman told Box Nation afterwards. "I knew I had to show something extra in the next round.

"He got a false sense of security and threw a silly shot, thinking he was going to catch me, and I just timed it perfectly.

"It was something I worked on the whole way through camp, to just slip him and slide it underneath. I caught him bang on the money, and I knew as soon as it landed that he wasn't getting up - not a chance."

Conlan, who is now 16 for 16 in professional bouts, is eyeing the prospect of becoming world champion.

"That's still the plan," said the 29-year-old. "I know I have to go back to the drawing board again with (trainer) Danny (Vaughan), listen to what he says to me, sit down with my team in MGM and see what direction they want to take me in.

"I'd love a defence of the Commonwealth title in Belfast, and then push on."

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