Photograph: Cyclone Promotions
Conrad Cummings enjoyed a taste of the big fight atmosphere on the Frampton-Cazares undercard in April and now the Tyrone puncher wants more. Speaking at the Europa Hotel press conference to announce the ‘Waterfront Brawl’ card on June 20 Conrad explained his future plans that include breaking into the UK top 10 at middleweight by the end of 2014.
“I’m ecstatic to be on this card and can’t wait to get out again,” confirmed Conrad. “I got a taste of the home crowd, so to speak, in Belfast and it blew my mind. I’m training really hard over in London and pushing myself towards the 20th.”
Promoter Barry McGuigan has his eye on the likes of Anthony Fitzgerald, Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee as potential future opponents. Even though those fights are not on the short-term agenda the Cyclone team are pleased with their man’s continuing stylistic progress.
“We’ve got to think about Celtic title fights and Craig McEwan is a possibility,” said McGuigan “Conrad’s maturing and improving and the stuff he’s doing with Shane is unbelievable. He can box too and he hasn’t even tapped into his ability yet because he wants to take people out.”
Conrad agrees with McGuigan that a place in the UK top 10 is a realistic goal given that Barry has witnessed him sparring with the best guys in England and Ireland.
“I’ve been sparring with Andy Lee, who’s fighting an eliminator for the WBC light-middleweight title. That’s been going well and I want to keep my head down and push on,” added Cummings.