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Cummings in good shape but McCrory steals show

By Joseph O'Neill

Conrad Cummings warmed up for his fight with Luke Keeler by celebrating an easy win at the weekend.

The Coalisland middleweight (13-1-1 6KOs) stopped Michael Mora in the second round of their headline bout at Belfast's Devenish Complex on Saturday night, dropping the Nicaraguan journeyman thrice en route.

Cummings' future opponent, Dubliner Keeler (13-2-1 5KOs), also featured on the bill and was presented with a much tougher foe in England's Adam Jones, the two contributing the fight of the night which was eventually ruled a four-round draw.

However, the most talked about fighter of the night was Padraig McCrory (3-0 2KOs).

Even at this early stage, the Belfast super middleweight looks to have wrapped up the KO of the Year award for 2018 following a sensational second-round one-punch stoppage of Dublin-based Dominican Manny Bique.

A huge right hand from the aptly-nicknamed 'Hammer' put Bique out instantaneously, with the Caribbean falling hard to the canvas.

"People I hit, they seem to get hurt," said the popular McCrory afterwards. "Three fights and all three have hit the floor, although I've never knocked somebody out cold like that!

"I got carried away in the first round, looking for the shots. He caught me with one or two, he was game to fight, but I knew once I caught him clean that I was going to knock him out."

There were also wins on the card for Sean Magee, Gerard Healy, Sean Creagh, Declan Geraghty, Gary Cully, and Rio Olympian Davey Oliver Joyce who stopped Lyuben Todorov in the second round.

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