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Cummings aiming to step up in the world

By David Kelly

Unbeaten Conrad Cummings believes his career will catch fire when he shoots for the IBF inter-continental middleweight title on November 18 at London's Wembley Arena.

Cummings has his hardest test so far when he meets Germany's Ronnie Mittag in his first 12-rounder on the supporting bill to former World title challenger George Groves - a show that also features Belfast man Paddy Gallagher in a British title eliminator.

Managed by Barry McGuigan and trained by Shane McGuigan, Cummings has been making steady progress but is aware that he has been handed an opportunity to prove he is a genuine contender in the British and Commonwealth scene.

"This is a big night for me, not only about the British scene but a win will put me into the top 15 in the IBF World rankings so it's up to me to take the chance in front of me," said Cummings.

"I've had a good year so far and to win this title would be the ideal end to the year and then I can look ahead to an exciting 2017.

"I'm absolutely buzzing for the fight, it's on live television and I know that I need to be right on my game to win."

Cummings admits that he hasn't done himself justice at times despite remaining unbeaten and is determined to give a performance that he and coach McGuigan can be proud of.

"I've always been a very fit guy, that's never been a problem, but I just need to be more controlled and also maintain my concentration - you can't switch off for a moment at this level," added the 25-year-old.

"Shane has focused a lot on that and we even had an hour on the pads non-stop just to make sure I held my concentration.

"I've also had some tough sparring, at one point doing 10 rounds with three fresh guys, so I feel I couldn't have worked any harder for this fight.

"I want to show people what I can do, what I'm really about and to do that I have to stick to my boxing and I will.

"With me, it's always been the case that the better the opponent, the better I fight. That's the way it was in my amateur days and I believe it will be the same in this fight.

"If I can get the win and do it well then hopefully there will be the chance to have a big fight at home next year."

Meanwhile, following their respective victories at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Saturday night, Tyrone McKenna and Dubliner Phil Sutcliffe look on course for a vacant Irish light-welterweight title fight.

The Boxing Union of Ireland have confirmed they have given the go-ahead for Belfast man McKenna to meet hard-hitting Sutcliffe in a clash that will most likely happen in early 2017 back at the same Belfast venue.

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