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Cummings vows to show his class

By Steve Wellings

Conrad Cummings is preparing for a shootout with Luke Keeler on this evening's big SSE Arena undercard.

Cummings is ready for 10 rounds but remains confident he can stop Keeler.

"Keeler doesn't do bad fights and neither do I," said Cummings. "I'm sure he'll train hard coming in but there'll be only one winner.

"I feel mentally and physically great and this is my time to come and show what I'm made of."

Cummings' punching power will be hard to contend with on the night if Keeler does not significantly improve on his recent struggles at the Devenish, drawing with Adam Jones.

Shankill super-featherweight Marc McCullough was scheduled to box Jono Carroll in a fringe IBF title affair but the champion suffered a cut eye in sparring and withdrew from the contest.

Disappointed McCullough now faces a replacement opponent but still wants to box Carroll when the Dubliner recovers.

Tyrone McKenna will also have to contend with an opponent change after Phil Sutcliffe Jnr pulled out of their fight and Anthony Upton offered himself up as a quality stand in.

Upton has strong ties to Belfast but will have to be on form to get past the rangy southpaw attacks of McKenna, who is tall for the weight and has been busy calling out super-lightweight rivals.

Monkstown light-heavyweight Steven Ward will soon be chasing titles and should have few problems with Poland's Michal Ciach.

Belfast welterweight Lewis Crocker will be looking for his fifth win when he takes on Oxford's Scott James. Unbeaten Tyrone McCullagh also features.

Potential future Ryan Burnett opponent Zolani Tete defends his WBO bantamweight title against Omar Narvaez.

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