Cummings ready for first title defence

Cummings, pictured with Shane McGuigan, is ready for his first defence

Hundreds of local fans will be heading to Belfast to cheer on Coalisland fighter Conrad ‘Dynamite’ Cummings when he makes the first defence of his WBO European crown on Saturday night.
In the build up to the fight he has received a huge endorsement of confidence from manager Barry McGuigan, who believes Cummings is now ready to stake a claim for a world title. However the 26-year-old’s sights are firmly fixed on the SSE Arena at the weekend where he will take on highly rated Robert Swierzbinski from Poland.
Although Swierzbinski has six defeats on his record, they have come against high quality opponents such as Chris Eubank Jnr and David Lemieux. If Cummings does the business on Saturday he could be in line for a mouth-watering tilt at the world title against the acclaimed champion Billy Joe Saunders. 
Cummings has won 11 fights since turning professional with one draw and a highly controversial points defeat to Ronny Mittag from Germany in their IBF inter-continental middleweight title fight in London last November.
Since then he has bounced back and in March stopped Austria Gogi Knezevic in the third round to be crowned WBO European Middleweight champion, after Mitag pulled out of a re-match. 
Cummings is impressed with his opponent’s credentials. 
“Swierzbinski is a step up in class. He has only lost to very highly rated fighters including world champions. I am not going to give the European belt up; no way.” 
Cummings will fight on the undercard to Carl Frampton who faces Andrés Gutiérrez in a WBC world featherweight title eliminator. Frampton lost his title to Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM in Las Vegas in January.
Conrad added, “It is great to prepare with Carl. He is light-hearted and I need that. This is a very serious game but I can be too serious at times.
“Barry has been very supportive as well. It gave me a great lift when he recently said, when I become world champion. I am very confident and that is not being arrogant. I am on the cusp of big things and can’t wait until Saturday night to show that. There are over 300 supporters going to Belfast to support me. I can’t wait.” 
The Cummings vs Swierzbinski will be shown live on Spike TV around 7pm. Later on the same bill, the Frampton – Gutiérrez will be broadcast live on Channel 5.     

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