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Cummings can topple Saunders and rule World, insists McGuigan

 

By David Kelly

Coalisland's Conrad Cummings has the ability to become World champion and WBO king Billy Joe Saunders is the man in their sights, according to coach Shane McGuigan.

Cummings was supposed to be defending his WBO European middleweight title at Belfast's SSE Arena tonight against Robert Swierbinski, only for the show to be cancelled due to Carl Frampton's Mexican opponent Andres Gutierrez suffering a freak accident in his hotel shower.

Cummings, who was looking forward to his first fight at home in two years, is hoping the bout can be rescheduled as soon as possible so he can move closer to a clash with Saunders.

The Coalisland man is currently ranked 13 by the WBO and a further win would put him in the top 10.

Coach McGuigan said: "With Conrad it is all about confidence and another couple of wins and he would have good momentum for a fight with Saunders.

"They have sparred together and Conrad did very well so if that fight can be made then we would love it.

"Conrad gives everything in the gym, he works so hard and he's a guy who you really want to see do well."

Cummings is brimming with confidence on the back of his title win earlier in the year, having suffered his first defeat last November at the hands of Germany's Ronny Mittag.

"I'm not making any bold statements, but you're always judged on your last fight and if you go by his last fight and mine, then I beat him. The fight with Saunders is the one I really want, but he has to get past Willie Monroe, so we'll see what happens there," said Cummings.

"Saunders and I have sparred each other and I came away from that feeling good so hopefully it can get made."

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