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Big impact: Conrad Cummings lands on Adam Grabiec last night
Big impact: Conrad Cummings lands on Adam Grabiec last night

By Robert Jones

Conrad Cummings bounced back from his loss to Luke Keeler in March as the Coalisland middleweight scored a 59-54 points win over Adam Grabiec at the Ulster Hall last night.

The affable Tyrone man put personal difficulties behind him and it was the Pole who felt his wrath as Cummings, under new trainer Gerard McManus, showed patience and controlled aggression over the six rounds.

Cummings was warned for a low shot in the second, but continued to set the pace.

His only black mark was being off-target with hooks to the body as he got his timing wrong on occasions and in the fourth, Grabiec certainly felt one as he dropped and writhed in agony, taking a couple of minutes to rise and this seemed to open up proceedings a little, but it was Cummings in control.

The visitor's corner was far from happy with what they felt was another low shot in the sixth as they threw the towel in, only for it to be swiftly booted back where it came from by referee Hugh Russell Jnr, but there was nothing they could say about a crippling body shot that found its home in the final round that forced a count as Cummings marched onwards and upwards.

Lewis Crocker opened the night with a typically vicious display, but was forced to win on the cards as the game Ohio Kain Iremiren showed incredible resilience to see out the six rounds.

The visitor opened brightly, but Crocker's power punching began to make a dent in the Londoner. Just as it seemed Iremiren looked vulnerable in the fourth, he rallied and enjoyed a good sixth frame where he popped out the jab to keep Crocker off balance and forced him to ride out the remaining minutes to get the win on the cards.

His former Holy Trinity clubmate Sean Duffy also impressed as he scored a routine points win over 40-36 points win over Edwin Tellez, while it was the same story for debutant Ruairi Dalton.

There were also wins for Terry Flanagan, Paddy Donovan and Gary Cully.

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