Michael Conlan chooses Belfast boxer as “our most exciting prospect”

Michael Conlan called Lewis Crocker “the most exciting prospect” in Irish boxing right now.

Crocker makes the second defense of his WBO European title against Armenian tough Artem Haroyan in Belfast on Friday night.

The hard-hitting welterweight has hit a perfect 13-0 record since making his professional debut in 2017, and the 24-year-old is now ready to take his career to the next level.

Crocker vs Haroyan is the main event of a Big Bill Conlan Boxing at the iconic Ulster Hall, a show hosted by fighting brothers Michael and Jamie Conlan.

And younger brother Michael believes the star of the show will be delivering fireworks on November 5.

“I think we have the most exciting prospect on these coasts with Lewis Crocker,” he said.

Lewis is also the biggest pound-for-pound puncher.

“He’s headlining Friday night, and when Lewis fights you’re always guaranteed some sort of drama or knockout.

“He’s a fierce puncher who also has a brilliant brain and boxing ability. So I can’t wait to watch his fight.

“In his first title defense against Deniz Ilbay, Lewis had his character checked. And there were times in that fight where he questioned himself. But he answered all of those questions, and he’s proven that ‘he had a chin.

“He showed a big heart and showed he could come back when he was a little late. When the tide started to go against him, he came forward and kept going.

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“He’s impressed me the last two fights, and he’s starting to gain the upper hand now. A few of his other fights before that were a bit lackluster.

“His professionalism has been demonstrated and you can see it in his performance. He has the engine to make the longer laps and the power to take you out from the first few laps.

“It’s an exciting prospect, and in my mind the best we’ve had here.”

Also on Friday night’s bill, unbeaten Belfast super middleweight Padraig McCrory defends his WBC International Silver title against Celso Neves while Sean McComb returns to action against Ronnie Clark.

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