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Conrad Cummings hoping to feature on Carl Frampton homecoming after confirming split from Cyclone

Middleweight Conrad Cummings last night confirmed his split from Cyclone Promotions after almost four years. Picture by Mal McCann

CONRAD Cummings is hoping to feature on November’s ‘Frampton Reborn’ bill, after confirming his split from manager Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan.

The Coalisland middleweight joined the Cyclone Promotions team at the end of 2013, but now follows friend Carl Frampton out the door as he looks to pastures new.

His first objective is to find a new trainer and, although it is less than two months until ‘The Jackal’ returns to Belfast, Cummings is determined to be on that huge November 18 bill at the SSE Arena.

“That would be a dream come true,” he said. “The bill looks pretty busy at the minute, but hopefully. I just have to find a new trainer now and then I’ll take it from there.

“I’ve plenty of options so that’s positive. I’ve been training away and if I get that opportunity, I’ll be ready.”

In a statement released on social media last night Cummings thanked the McGuigans and Cyclone, but said that “after a recent meeting it was clear that our time has come to an end as a team”.

Elaborating on that point, he said there were “no hard feelings”, but insists he is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career.

“It’s sort of sad, but also happy too - it’s a funny one. It’s sad the way things all worked out, but that’s life and that’s boxing. I’m just looking to the future now,” added Cummings, who hasn’t fought since stopping Gogi Knezevic inside two rounds back in March and is eyeing a potential showdown with WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders.

“I’m open-minded, I’m just going to see what’s out there. We’ll see, but I’m just glad to have that closure.

“I’m still young, only 26, so it’s onwards and upwards hopefully. I’m only coming into my prime so I’ve plenty more to give.

“I just want to fight.”

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