Conrad Cummings is homing in on a shot at the British title after Dante Moore win
Conrad Cummings is on track for a British middleweight title shot after chalking up another victory on the undercard at the Barclays Center in New York.
Cummings, who had a barnstorming draw with Belfast man Fredo Meli last year in a Celtic title fight, had another entertaining duel with American Dante Moore, winning a unanimous decision 59-53, 58-53 and 58-54.
Cummings always looked in control of the six-rounder but there were moments when he had to soak up blows to the chin, re-set and apply more pressure.
Moore's gumshield was constantly coming out and he was deducted a point in the fifth round. In the sixth, Cummings was warned twice for low blows that had Moore on the canvas, while the American landed a blow to the back of the head when the Ulsterman had turned his back thinking the action had stopped due to his opponent's gumshield again being dislodged.
Cummings maintained his work to the body and landed a borderline shot which put Moore on the floor once again, leading the referee to give him a count. Moore responded with his own low blow and then the two blazed away until the final bell.
Cummings will look to take a major step forward before the end of the year and with British champion Chris Eubank jnr expected to vacate and move on to European or World honours, an opportunity to fight for the Lonsdale belt could present itself.
Meanwhile, Belfast man Ryan Burnett admitted he has plenty to learn before he can seriously consider fighting for a World title on the back of his latest victory in Leeds at the weekend.
The bantamweight comfortably outpointed Cesar Ramirez 100-89, 99-90, 99-90 on the judges cards to retain his WBC international title.
He said: "He was tough, it was a good test. People are saying 'World titles soon' but I need to learn a bit more. I am not going to start calling people out."