Conlan: Rematch With Me Most probably Biggest Struggle Out There For Picket, Seems Now not going

Conlan: Rematch With Me Most probably Biggest Struggle Out There For Picket, Seems Now not going

Michael Conlan known as for a rematch with Leigh Picket from his health facility bed a few hours after their unforgettable fight.

As Conlan prepares for his return to the ring Saturday night from his 12th-round knockout loss to Picket, the Belfast native is resigned to not getting that second shot at Picket anytime briefly, in all probability ever. Conlan stated throughout an interview with that Picket needs “greater fights” after defeating Conlan in an instant antique March 12 at Motorpoint House in Nottingham, England, Picket’s hometown.

“He doesn’t want the rematch, not however anyway,” discussed Conlan, who will box Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night at The SSE House Belfast. “In keeping with him, he needs greater fights and bigger stuff. Then again I imagine the rematch for him is possibly a very powerful fight to be had available in the market. I know he’s chasing Leo Santa Cruz and looking for to get that fight. Then again I extraordinarily doubt it nevertheless happens, man, and I worry when it happens on account of I don’t want [Wood] to lose. I would love him to stick a hit.”

While Picket won their fight for the brave Brit’s WBA international featherweight title, Conlan believes Picket absorbed much more hurt throughout their 11½ rounds of back-and-forth movement than he sustained. Conlan knocked Picket to the canvas inside the first round, whilst Picket were given right here once more and dropped Conlan inside the 11th round.

However, Picket won’t be the an identical fighter, in keeping with Conlan, in opposition to whoever he faces next.

A purse bid for the bout between Picket (26-2, 16 KOs) and Santa Cruz (38-2-1, 19 KOs), the WBA’s “super” champion inside the featherweight division, is scheduled for August 12. Eddie Hearn, Picket’s promoter, stated Thursday, then again, that Picket might make an optional coverage of his WBA belt in opposition to rugged Mexican Mauricio Lara (24-2-1, 17 KOs) on September 24 at Motorpoint House in Nottingham.

Regardless, Conlan expects to look a definite Picket than the one that entered the ring to fight him just about 5 months prior to now.

“I imagine that when a fight like that, how so much hurt he took in that fight, I don’t think he’ll be the an identical fighter,” discussed Conlan, who led Picket on all 3 scorecards coming into the 12th round. “He took 10 circumstances additional hurt than I did, so I imagine he in most cases is a shell of himself when he’s going yet again. I imagine Leo Santa Cruz may beat him. I hope not, then again, , I imagine within the match that they do, he would [beat Wood]. And although he won that fight, I couldn’t see him coping with me next. I imagine he’ll wanna go for a unification [fight]. Then again I know that Matchroom [Wood’s promoter] had reached out to Best Rank [Conlan’s promoter] about getting it performed and doing it inside the wintry climate. Then again together with his provide scenario, how problems are going, it seems probably not.”

The bout between Conlan (16-1, 8 KOs), who is consistently listed as no less than a 12-1 favorite, and Marriaga (30-5, 26 KOs) will headline an ESPN+ flow into scheduled to begin out at 2 p.m. ET in the united states. Conlan-Marriaga will be the number one fit of a flow into in the United Kingdom and Ireland (8 p.m. BST; £6.50).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He will also be reached on Twitter

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