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Cummings is glad to start new chapter with victory


By Steve Wellings

Conrad Cummings returned to the ring last night to outpoint tough journeyman Norbert Szekeres.

In his first outing since splitting from Cyclone Promotions, Cummings was competing at the Devenish as part of an MTK and Mark Ginley promotion.

He already held a win over Szekeres and had little trouble repeating the success here.

Following a quiet opener the Coalisland puncher came out with extra vigour in round two, smashing heavy blows from both fists. Cummings found that his left hook to the body was working well in the third round, even if the odd one crept a little low.

With Jamie Moore in his corner, he showed poise and urgency at the right times to always remain one step ahead of the Hungarian. The pair opened up and slugged it out in the final round, but Cummings took home a deserved 60-54 shutout.

"That workout was just what I needed," said Cummings. "I've made a lot of changes not just in my career but in my life and I'm really enjoying working with my new team. I haven't been in the ring for eight months and I think overall I boxed well."

Moore added: "It'll do Conrad no harm getting six rounds under his belt. That guy was tough."

Tyrone McCullagh took his first decent step up in class by defeating Germany's Tom Tran in round five.

Gangly Tran boxed in an unorthodox fashion, bouncing on to the front foot before unleashing wild, slapping shots from either hand. By the second round McCullagh was using his southpaw lead hook to time Tran's rushes. The Derry man's body shots were also thudding home, but Tran was not so easily deterred.

Ultimately, for all of his endeavours, Tran barely landed a punch all night and was dropped at the end of the fourth round from an accumulation of shots. Referee Hugh Russell Jnr stopped the bout after 35 seconds of the fifth with Tran taking shots in the neutral corner.

Alfredo Meli shook away the cobwebs by beating Jade Karam 60-54. He started strongly and never let the pace drop, the Immaculata man switching to southpaw in the middle rounds to keep his opponent guessing.

Meli now wants to put his name forward for a spot in next year's Last Man Standing tournament in Dublin.

"I'm up for anything that comes my way," said Meli. "I'll hopefully be out again soon. March or maybe even February would suit me."

Paddy Gallagher had to box substitute Miguel Aguilar after his original opponent failed a medical on the night. Gallagher won 60-54 on Hugh Russell Jnr's card and was able to bully Aguilar.

Aguilar offered stubborn resistance as Gallagher slammed home his jab before bringing hard right hands in behind.

Padraig McCrory took his frustrations out on Nicaragua's Michael Mora with a second round stoppage win. Referee John Lowey waved the bout off after Mora was dropped by a grazing McCrory hook.

"I showed I can box and I showed I can punch," said McCrory.

Coalisland light-heavyweight Taylor McGoldrick defeated Poland's Michal Ciach 39-37 in a light-heavyweight slugfest.

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