After a shock first round KO loss to Neil Dawson in December 2012, Conquest bounced back with wins over Czech David Vicena and a superb comeback against Wadi Camacho in October in an eliminator for the British title. The Romford fighter has been training hard out of the PRO SW Gym in Loughton under the tutelage of coach Jason Rowland, hoping an opportunity would crop up. Now he’s got the nod for the biggest fight of his career, it’s like Christmas has come twice for Conquest.
“I heard whispers that Nathan Cleverly was slated to fight Ammann or the Commonwealth belt but he is taking a different route back now, so I have jumped the ladder,“ Conquest told BoxRec News. “I redeemed myself in 2013 after the Dawson loss late in 2012 and my promoters have seen fit to look after me and get me this title fight.
“This is brilliant news for me and now the fight has been announced I cannot wait to get in the ring come February 22nd. I’ve had a look at Ammann and he is a decent southpaw who does the basics very well, so it’s going to be a good fight.”
Last time out, Conquest handed Wadi Camacho his first defeat, earning a unanimous decision over ten rounds after hitting the canvas in the 1st and 2nd. The Camacho fight was billed as a British title eliminator, so if everything goes to plan, Tony is right up the pecking order to face the winner of Jon-Lewis Dickinson versus Neil Dawson, which takes place on March 8th in Gateshead.
“If Dawson wins the title from Dickinson then hopefully I can kill two birds with one stone and overturn the loss against him. I like to think that I would be next in line for a shot at the British title, but you also have to factor in English champion Matty Askin who is deserving his shot too. What I have learned from the Boxing business is you never know what’s going to happen next.”
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