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Cummings has eyes on crown

Middleweight prospect Conrad Cummings is closing in on a title fight, following his seventh straight victory on the undercard of Carl Frampton's victory over Alejandro Gonzalez jr at the Don Haskins Centre on Saturday, writes David Kelly.

Cummings, from Coalisland, came up with rocket right hand to bring an end to his clash with Oscar Riojas from Laredo Texas at 1:26 of the second round.

Promoter Blain McGuigan said: "I thought Conrad was really controlled and you have to remember this guy had been 12 rounds. We hope to get him out in September and it's time for titles.

"This was a six rounder but he had been training for eight, so now we can jump to 10 rounds and we can look at the vacant Irish or Celtic middleweight title. There's plenty of good guys around in Britain for Conrad to fight, so we'll see what we can do and when Conrad goes to 10 rounds he has much more of an advantage because of his engine."

Cummings was naturally delighted with the way he finished off Riojas and was quick to praise the influence of coach Shane McGuigan.

"I have to thank Shane a lot because after losing the first round I could have panicked a bit but he kept me calm and told me that the finish would come, I just had to be patient and that's what happened," said Cummings.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Taylor won in emphatic fashion on his light-welterweight debut, stopping Archie Weah of Atlanta, Georgia at 1:53 of the second round.

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