Jamie Conlan

JAMIE CONLAN – FROM THE BOXING RING TO THE BOARDROOM

  • Brawl Boxing
  • Brawl Boxing Podcast
  • Jamie Conlan
  • MTK
  • MTK Global
By ptully23 February 19, 2021 1 Comment
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SAME GAME, DIFFERENT ROLE

This week’s guest on the Brawl Boxing Podcast is former European and Commonwealth Super- Flyweight Champion, Jamie Conlan. Jamie’s only loss in his twenty professional bouts came in the form of a sixth-round TKO to the IBF World Champion, Jerwin Ancajas. That devastating defeat came in front of thousands of Jamie’s adoring hometown fans at Belfast’s SSE Arena, back in 2017. Jamie had the alias ‘The Mexican’. I’ve never been able to work out if that was because he fought like one or looked more like a ‘Jaime’ than a ‘Jamie’. One of our hosts, Ryan, reveals that this is all academic. Apparently ‘Jamie’ is not even the Belfast fighter’s real name anyway!

Jamie decided to hang up the gloves after that 2017 loss. He turned to advising his younger brother, Mick, and other fighters. Management company MTK Global then offered Jamie the role of Professional Development Coordinator. Jamie’s knowledge and understanding of the boxing business from both inside and outside of the ring did not go unnoticed. Soon he was promoted to the position of vice president of MTK at just 33 years of age. Jamie tells our boys from Brawl that he has no time for gaming these days. This is a luxury that his younger brother Mick and our hosts fully revel in!

A RELUCTANT ROOKIE

If, like me, you’ve listened to hundreds of interviews with boxers, you’ll know that one question that can never be overlooked is why, how, and when did the athlete decide to try boxing, of all sports. Jamie reveals that, as a young kid, he had tried Karate, Soccer, and traditional Irish games of Hurling and Gaelic Football. However, he had no interest in giving boxing a go. The story of why and how he became a boxer is certainly a bit different but, like thousands before him and since Jamie quickly became hooked. The boys and Jamie drill down on the differences between boxing training and other sports. Jamie then regales us with some hilarious tales of sparring with his younger brother, and prodigious talent, Mick (14-0-0). He goes on to reveal what happened when they were both set to face each other in the final of the 2009 Ulster Championships.

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He talks about the stark differences in the professional scene in Belfast when he turned over in 2009 compared with today. Conlan reflects on some of the old-school training methods deployed by legendary boxing trainer, John Breen. This is a torturous regimen I have had occasion to suffer myself, albeit in much smaller doses than Jamie. He then gives us a fascinating insight into the trials and tribulations of being a ‘float’ fighter on a bill. Amazingly, Jamie reveals how he helped build the venue he would star in one year later.

BOXING’S PROBLEMS – THE OLD AND THE NEW

Jamie and the Brawl team, discuss some familiar old issues in the sport of boxing, that raised their ugly head again last weekend. Poor judging, broadcaster bias affecting commentary, young fighters turning pro before they have proved themselves in the amateur ranks, and what should constitute success for the Irish International amateur team all get an airing. Jamie talks about how his younger brother Mick’s high media profile, after the controversy of his 2016 Olympic Games Quarter Final loss, impacted upon the beginning of his professional career.

The podcasts closed out with the customary ‘locker room banter’. This would have to be ruled a ‘no contest’ in Jamie’s favour. He exposed the real motivation for the boys doing the podcast. He had Ryan flashing his Rolex and revealing how he is planning to squander his millions in Turkey. This was a thoroughly entertaining pod from the Brawl boys. Jamie gave us listeners huge value, as he always did in the ring also. Give it a listen folks!

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Boxing writer for The Brawl Network based in Belfast, N. Ireland.

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John Robinson

February 20, 2021

Good job

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