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Conrad Cummings is busy preparing for his appearance on the mammoth ‘This is Belfast’ card and the Tyrone puncher admits that working in Carl Frampton’s London training camp is helping to lift his game to a whole new level. Conrad enjoyed a debut victory over Andrejs Loginovs in the York Hall recently and that will hopefully help to quell any pre-fight nerves when he steps in to the Odyssey cauldron on April 4.
“It takes a wee bit of pressure off me having already made my debut but originally the Odyssey was supposed be my debut and it’s my second fight and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Cummings.
“Training alongside Carl and with Shane and getting good sparring has helped me to improve every day.”
“Conrad is improving massively,” agreed trainer Shane McGuigan. “On his debut we wanted to get the nerves out of the way and box with the smaller gloves. He’s progressing, finding his range and learning that you have to be effective on the inside and use the distance effectively in professional boxing.”
Shane also ran the rule over the main man, Carl Frampton, who will likely enter the ring on fight night with no more than an inch of fat to spare on his body. This was after Shane stated that the latest camp has once again trimmed his charge into the best condition of his career.
“We say everytime that Carl’s in the best shape of his life but he really is. People always think he’s a come-forward fighter but if anything he’s a back foot fighter and we’ve been showing a new dimension of movement in his game. There will only be one outcome on April 4 – he will stop Cazares in the mid-to-late rounds,” said McGuigan.