Boxing

Jamie Moore will bring the best out of me says Conrad Cummings

Conrad Cummings returns to the ring at the Devenish Complex on Saturday night

CONRAD Cummings will have Jamie Moore in his corner for the first time when he ducks through the ropes at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on Saturday night.

‘Dynamite' hasn't fought since he followed in the footsteps of Carl Frampton by swapping Shane McGuigan's London gym and Cyclone Promotions for Jamie Moore's Manchester fight stable and MTK in September.

The Coalisland man, who was an outstanding amateur during his days at Clonoe ABC and Holy Trinity and boxed for the Mexico Guerreros in the World Series of Boxing, won the WBO European middleweight title during his time with Cyclone, but feels that Jamie Moore's will bring the best out of him.

“Shane McGuigan was a good trainer,” he said.

“But I felt for quite a while that maybe he wasn't the right trainer for my style. I think Jamie is and if you watch how Jamie fought in his own career and his style, it's not a million miles away from the way I fight – all pressure, all action.

“If someone is going to be able to smooth out the rough edges it's going to be him. I'm enjoying training with Carl and we have great camaraderie in the camp. It's a great laugh, no-one takes themselves too seriously but the graft is hard.”

Tyrone McCullough, Paddy Gallagher and Phil Sutcliffe jnr are also set to feature on the December 1 Devenish bill. Cummings joined Frampton on his ring walk for his comeback fight at the SSE Arena on November 19. He says the roar of the crowd and the unique atmosphere of a Belfast fight night left him itching to get back to action himself.

“Carl asked me to walk him into the ring, which was a real honour, and it gave me an itch to get back in the ring myself,” Cummings explained.

“I'm buzzing to get back in there. I'm really eager to get back because I've been training for most of the year without a fight.”

Cummings suffered his first pro loss to Germany's Ronny Mittag last year after a contentious points decision before bouncing back with an impressive knockout win over Austria's Gogi Knezevic last March. The Coalisland man had hoped to face Mittag in a rematch, but the fight never came off and a planned ring return on the undercard of the cancelled Carl Frampton-Andres Guttierez bill failed to take place after that card fell apart following an injury to Guttierez.

“Last Saturday was a year to the day since my first loss, but I really felt that I didn't lose that fight,” he said.

“I was down for a fair while after that. It looked like the rematch was going to happen, but it didn't.

“I turned my career back around with the win over Knezevic and I was due to have a big fight at the Odyssey before that fell through. Since then I've made changes to my team and it's just been a rollercoaster of a year – up and down. I'm only 26 years of age and I've already experienced a lot in my career.

“I've had a few long camps, but I've only fought once this year. I think they'll stand me in good stead and living the life and I feel like I'll reap the rewards for it.”

Meanwhile, eight-time Irish junior champion Aaron McKenna makes his professional debut at Madison Square Garden, New York on Saturday night.

Welterweight prospect McKenna signed a major multi-fight deal with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions in September.

The Monaghan teenager had long been linked with a move to the professional ranks after a stellar amateur career, and is now based in Los Angeles where he has Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley, another one of Golden Boy's rising stars, for company.

McKenna has been training with former heavyweight contender Courage Tshabalala as well as his dad Fergal at the Iron Gym in Santa Monica.

Devenish Complex bill:

Super-bantamweight: Tyrone McCullagh (8-0) v Tom Tran (6-0)

Super-lightweight: Philip Sutcliffe jnr (13-2) v Andreas Maier (7-0)

Light-heavyweight: Steve Collins jnr (11-1-1) v Istvan Orsos (16-42-2)

Cruiserweight: Ian Tims (13-4) v TBC

Welterweight: Paddy Gallagher (12-3) v TBC

Middleweight: Alfredo Meli (13-0-1) v Santos Medrano (10-56-4)

Super-lightweight: Anthony Upton (15-1) v TBC

Middleweight: Conrad Cummings (11-1-1) v TBC

Light-heavyweight: Taylor McGoldrick (debut) v Michal Ciach (1-2)

Super-middleweight: Padraig McCrory (1-0) v Manny Bique (0-2)

MHD Promotions, in association with A McClean Bookmakers, have confirmed that undefeated Coalisland super-featherweight prospect Feargal McCrory (7-0) has been added their show at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Saturday, February 3.

‘Fearless' Feargal will be looking to kick start an important year as he goes in search of win number eight at the famous city centre hotel.

“Feargal is one of the most exciting fighters in the UK and Ireland at the minute,” said promoter Mark Dunlop.

“His fighting style has been gathering him a great fanbase and in reality he is only three fights away from a major title fight. I have a great relationship with his manager and team (John Breen) and it's a pleasure to be part of his journey.”

McCrory joins a very exciting line-up that includes WBA International Super-featherweight champion James Tennyson who looks to keep busy as he aims for a shot at the WBA World title.

Paul Hyland jnr, the undefeated IBF European Lightweight champion, also returns to action after sustaining a broken jaw in his last contest, Hylo 17-0 is chasing the British champion Lewis Ritson.

Former Commonwealth Games silver medalist Joe Fitzpatrick (8-0) and Newtownards featherweight Stevie Quinn Jnr 8-2 look to impress on the exciting dinner show. Exciting English prospect Lucas Ballingall also makes his Irish debut.

Tickets are now on sale: £35 (unreserved), £45 (reserved ringside), £75 (VIP) including a four-course meal. Telephone: 07712 473905. Email: mark@mhdpromotions.com

SEAN McComb has had to deal with more than his fair share of disappointment during an amateur career than hasn't delivered the success his talent deserves.

The long-levered 24-year-old southpaw light-welter was unlucky to miss out on selection for the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and last year's Olympics but he has retained his focus and found the form to beat Caomhin Ferguson (Gleann ABC) to win the Ulster Elite Championship last Friday night.

“It was experience that won it,” said McComb after his unanimous decision win at the Ulster Hall.

“He (Ferguson) will benefit massively from that because I was in the same position as he is now six years ago, fighting a six-time champion in Ryan Lindberg and I fell short by a point.

“I gained massive experience from it and enjoyed the atmosphere. I was obviously heartbroken at the time but I can look back now at how much it benefitted me. That's all ahead of Caomhin Ferguson, I think he very competent and very strong at this weight and I believe that in the future he will come as good as I have if not better.”

It will be a massive surprise if McComb isn't included in the Northern Ireland select that travels to the Gold coast, Australia for next summer's Commonwealth Games.

“The team hasn't been officially selected yet but I would be confident that I'll be on it. Hopefully I stay injury-free and everything goes well,” he said.

“It's a massive, massive stage to be on. It's something I've never experienced before but I know all my experience will guide me to gold hopefully.

“Gold at the Commonwealth Games could lead me to more funding and keep me here (an amateur) until Tokyo (2020 Olympic Games). John Conlan has the plan from now until the Gold Coast and I'll train like I'm going. Before the team is elected I'll be training like I am selected and when the team is selected I'll be a step ahead of everybody else. When I get to Commonwealth Games I'll be sharp and ready to go.”

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