From the 1956 Olympic gold medallist Freddie Gilroy to WBC bantamweight world champion Wayne McCullough and more recently Carl Frampton, the fighting mad city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has produced its fair share of fistic marvels. Jamie Conlan, an unbeaten super-flyweight and the current WBO Inter-Continental champion, hails from the streets of West Belfast where almost every young lad in the area is a wannabe footballer or fighter and the man known as the ‘Mexican’ hopes to one day emulate his boxing heroes. “Belfast loves boxing,” explained Conlan, 28, to Boxing Monthly. “If you ask 10 lads from West Belfast ‘have you ever boxed?’ at least eight or nine will say ‘Yes’, it’s something we grew up doing. You either played football or boxed or, if you were like me, you did both."