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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Odyssey fans will love Conrad Cummings, says Barry McGuigan

Winning start: Conrad Cummings' professional debut was a success

Conrad Cummings may still have a lot to learn but former World champion Barry McGuigan is convinced that the Tyrone man will have Irish boxing fans enthralled as he seeks to charge through the domestic middleweight scene.

Cummings is being lined up for a six-rounder at the Odyssey Arena on April 4 on the supporting bill to Carl Frampton's WBC World title eliminator with Mexican Hugo Cazarez on the back of his debut win at the York Hall Bethnal Green at the weekend.

Cummings was deducted a point for a low blow during the victory over Latvian Andrejs Loginovs, who soaked up a great deal of punishment to the body.

Manager McGuigan said: "We picked the Latvian because he was a durable guy and liked to have a go but once Conrad hit about the body he didn't want to know.

"There were times when Conrad was a little over-eager but that was to be expected in his debut. But he showed the aggression and power that the Irish boxing fans will love.

"He brings a lot of hunger and desire to the ring and he will always bring a lot of excitement."

Cummings was naturally delighted with his debut win and is relishing a second outing at the Odyssey.

Cummings said: "It was great to get the four rounds in. I felt I kept up a good pace, just walked the guy down. I would have liked to have taken him out but I was on top in every round, my jab was sharp so it was a good start to my career. Now I'm looking forward to the Odyssey, that'll be a great night."

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