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Conrad Cummings and Fredo Meli expect a thriller on the Waterfront

By David Kelly

Conrad Cummings and Fredo Meli have promised fans to expect a fight to remember when they clash at the Waterfront Hall on November 20.

The two unbeaten middleweights will meet for the vacant Celtic title - with the winner moving to the cusp of a shot at the British title.

On the back of Belfast boxer Anto Cacace winning the Celtic super-featherweight title last weekend in Edinburgh, Coalisland man Cummings is the latest Cyclone Promotions fighter to be handed the opportunity of title success and chance to be top of the bill.

"I'm delighted that Fredo has taken the fight, it's great to have the chance to headline my own bill. I always train very hard but this time I will have trained even harder and you're going to see an explosive performance on November 20. Don't blink," said Cummings, at yesterday's press conference in the Waterfront.

"Fredo is all action, I'm all action and it will be exciting for however long it lasts. I'll take care of him, I'll do whatever it takes. Fredo has improved as a fighter since we met as amateurs but I'm five times the fighter I was and I live the life as a professional and really feel on November 20 you'll see the best of me."

Meli, who continues to train out of the Immaculata gym, was unmoved as he looked forward to what he expects to be a real thriller right to the final bell.

"This fight is going the distance. I've been training hard and there's no stopping me. It's going to last the full 10 rounds, not two or three rounds. I'm going to push through everything and get the win on points."

Former world champion Barry McGuigan, who manages Cummings, has no doubt that the Waterfront Hall fans are going to get value for money - not only with the main event but also the intriguing clash between Belfast's Marc McCullough and Glasgow's Jon Slowey, who recently lost a controversial decision for the EU title in Italy.

McGuigan said: "The great thing is that you just don't get two unbeaten kids boxing each other at this stage of their careers and here we have it in the Waterfront and I think it could be one of the small hall fights of the year. It's a fight that has already generated a lot of interest.

"Too often today you see too many fights that when the two guys are walking to the ring, you know who's going to win that fight. We want to give these guys fights they are going to learn from and in this one, some think Conrad will win and some think Alfredo is going to win.

"As Conrad's manager, I believe that he can win and go on to do big things. We've seen Conrad spar with the World champion Andy Lee and the current European champion Billy Joe Saunders and we were very happy coming out of those gyms. We know his potential."

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