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Cummings out to prove point against Dignum

 

All set: Conrad Cummings at yesterday’s weigh-in
All set: Conrad Cummings at yesterday’s weigh-in
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Conrad Cummings enters the ring in the York Hall, Bethnal Green for a critical night in his career as he locks horns with Essex man Danny Dignum.

Cummings will be seeking to win the WBO European middleweight title for a third time but more importantly put his career back on track having suffered a second defeat at the hands of Luke Keeler earlier this year.

The Coalisland man linked up with new coach Gerard McManus in the summer along with strength and conditioning coach Dan Anderson and is hoping a fresh start can lead to victory in this 10-rounder.

"I've been in camp for 12 weeks and had a fight last month to get the rust off, so I'm feeling good. It's a tough fight and he's a good fighter, but I'll use all my experience and that should be a big factor in this fight," said Cummings.

"It has been great working with Gerard and Dan. Gerard has been pushing me very hard but he's also a good guy to talk to, not just about boxing but things in general, and Dan has done a great job with my fitness.

"I know I've made mistakes in the past but I really am ready for this chance.

"I've got a point to prove after that second loss to Keeler. A win and I'll be back in the world ratings."

Cummings insists he is unconcerned about fighting in front of a partisan crowd who will be right behind Dignum.

"It doesn't matter that it's the York Hall and most of the support will be for him. The York Hall is a venue that I've always enjoyed - I won there as an amateur and on my debut so now it's time to get the hat-trick," he said.

"It won't be easy but I believe I'll get that belt once more."

• IRISH boxing was shocked yesterday by the news of the death of former Irish and Ulster senior champion Paul Ireland. He was 49.

Paul, of the St George's Club, was one of the most popular amateurs in the 1990s, competing for Ireland and Northern Ireland in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Boxing at bantam, feather and lightweight, Paul was highly respected by rivals and team-mates alike throughout his career.

On the back of his success as an amateur, he turned professional in 1995 and chalked up a record of nine wins and a solitary loss. Following that defeat he hung up his gloves for good.

The whole of the Irish boxing fraternity send their condolences to his family.

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