COALISLAND middleweight Conrad Cummings faces the biggest challenge of his professional career tonight (Friday) that could catapult him into the IBF’s top 15 ratings.
Standing between him and IBF Intercontinental title is highly-rated German Ronnie Mittag .
Unbeaten so far, Cummings has a record of 10 wins with the only blip being a draw against Alfredo Meli for the Celtic title in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast last November.
This evening at London’s Wembley Arena he will go toe-to-toe with Mittag on the supporting bill to former World title challenger George Grove. It will be Cummings’ first 12 round bout and will be shown live and exclusive on the ‘Spike’ TV channel.
Managed by boxing legend Barry McGuigan and trained by his son Shane McGuigan, the Tyrone fighter is aware a victory will not only land a title but will also be a serious boost to his ambitions.
World champion Carl Frampton, who also trains out of the McGuigan camp, said, “This is the moment we could see my mate Conrad move to the next level.”
However he also stated that the public has not seen Cummings perform to his true potential. Frampton added, “So far the public have not seen the Conrad I have seen in the gym. I think in too many fights he becomes too eager to impress and allows his emotions to take over. I just want to see him listen to Shane and give a very smart performance, get the win and show his true potential.”
Cummings agrees with Frampton’s assessment.
He told the UlsterHerald, “Carl talks to me all the time and is a great man to have in my corner. He has total faith in me and sees the work I put in every day.
“He is confident in me as is Shane and Barry. It is true that maybe I have got too excited before and I need to relax and stay calm. I feel calm and very focussed for this fight.”
Mittag is the biggest challenge Cummings has met to date with a record of 28 wins, two defeats and a draw in 31 professional fights.
The Coalisland fighter added, “I am in good shape and have been training very hard. This is a huge step up. It is like skipping a few chapters and if and when I win I will be in the top 15 in the world.
“He is good. He’s a seasoned contender and he believes this is his big opportunity. It will be hard fight and I believe it is my time to shine and show my true worth.”
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