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Conrad Cummings in the hunt for title bid: Barry McGuigan

By David Kelly

Published 13/04/2016

First to the punch: Conrad Cummings on way to victory over Victor Garcia in February at the Manchester Arena
First to the punch: Conrad Cummings on way to victory over Victor Garcia in February at the Manchester Arena

Manager Barry McGuigan believes middleweight Conrad Cummings is now back on track for a major domestic title opportunity by the end of the year.

Cummings was charging up the British rankings until a barnstorming draw with Belfast man Fredo Meli at the Waterfront Hall last November but returned to the ring with a win in February and now looks ahead to a decent test against former Welsh middleweight champion Frankie Borg on May 14 in Cardiff.

The show, headlined by Lee Haskins defending his IBF bantamweight title against Mexican Ivan Morales, will be screened on Channel 5 - the first bill of a new deal that McGuigan's company Cyclone Promotions have signed with the terrestrial broadcaster.

McGuigan is confident that Coalisland man Cummings will start accelerating towards a title shot, with unbeaten Tommy Langford the current holder of the Commonwealth title, while Chris Eubank jr is expected to move on to fight for World honours which would leave the British belt vacant.

"Conrad is back on track after the draw with Meli. He has learned from that fight and now I would expect him to be knocking on the door of a Commonwealth title or something like that by the end of the year," said McGuigan.

"This could be a very good year for him. We just want to keep him moving forward with the right fights at the right time."

Ambitious Cummings is delighted to be out again within a couple of months of his victory on the undercard of Carl Frampton's win over Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena.

"I'm at my best when I stay busy so it's great to be boxing again on this Cardiff show," he said.

"Borg's a tough guy, he holds a win over former European champion Kerry Hope so it's going to be a good fight for me.

"I want to show my true potential and I know that I belong up with the best in Britain and it's just a matter of proving it.

"I learned a lot from the fight with Meli at the Waterfront Hall. I made it hard for myself because of inexperience.

"I know now that I can't switch off for a minute, I need to stick to my boxing and not just look for one big knockout punch.

"Barry's looking to push me towards a title fight and that's music to my ears."

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