Cumming plots Commonwealth course- won’t let Keeler loss define his career


Conrad Cummings is adamant his Luke Keeler reverse won’t define his career as he sets about taking a step closer to significant titles.

The Tyrone middle lost to his managerial stablemate on the under of card Frampton Donaire last April and has been vocal about wanting a rematch since.

However, with a repeat unlikely in the near future ‘Mr Dynamite’ is plotting a title plan.

The Jamie Moore trained 160lbs fighter is looking to build on his August 18 Windsor victory over Nicky Jenman at the Titanic Exhibition Centre – live on BoxNation on October 5-and the former WBO middlewight champion confident an impressive display will eek him toward a title shot.

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Indeed, Cummings claims titles are so close he can smell them and has earmarked the Commonwealth strap as one he would like to fight for soon.

“I feel if I fought Luke Keeler again, I’d beat him. I know I’ve said that before but one bad night will not define me and it’s onwards and upwards for me either way,” Cummings said.

“I can smell the belts. They’re not too far away. If the Keeler rematch doesn’t come off then the belt I’d like to fight for first is the Commonwealth title.

“I never got to the go to the Commonwealth Games as an amateur because I turned professional just beforehand. I believe I’d have won gold at those Games and for that reason, I’d like to fight for the Commonwealth as a pro.”

Cummings was out just just four months after his points defeat to Keeler and returns again next week less than two months after Windsor.

The Coalisland fighter believes he can only benefit from being so active.

“I’m thankful MTK Global has got me out again so quickly. They’re keeping me busy and that was something I lacked earlier in my career,” he added before discussing how he will approach his Boxnation broadcast bout.

“I won’t go looking for a knockout on October 5 but I’m all-action and keen to let a few bombs go.”

“Myself and (training stable mate) Stevie (Ward) have been pushing each other on in this camp. He’s in a big 10-round fight and I’m looking to get back in the title mix, so you’ll see two good performances from ‘Mr Dynamite’ and ‘Boring Ward’!”

Joining the Jamie Moore-trained duo on a card headlined by Tyrone McCullagh’s WBO European clash with Josh Kennedy is Paddy Gallagher vs. Jay Byrne for the Celtic super-welterweight title, Marco McCullough vs. Ruddy Encarnacion, world-ranked Nathaniel May, Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly, Gary Cully and Padraig McCrory.

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