Conrad Cummings eyes Commonwealth crown ahead of Belfast show
Conrad Cummings may be building towards a run at the Commonwealth middleweight crown as he prepares to showcase his talent in Belfast on October 5.
‘Mr Dynamite’ produced a ruthless victory over the capable Nicky Jenman at Windsor Park last time out and now stars on the MTK Global bill at the Titanic Exhibition Centre – live on BoxNation – alongside gym-mate Steven Ward.
As he looks to record another convincing win in the wake of a WBO European points defeat to Luke Keeler, Cummings revealed he could opt for the Commonwealth route if and when opportunities present themselves.
Cummings said: “I feel if I fought Luke Keeler again, I’d beat him. I know I’ve said that before but one bad night will not define me and it’s onwards and upwards for me either way.
“I can smell the belts. They’re not too far away. If the Keeler rematch doesn’t come off then the belt I’d like to fight for first is the Commonwealth title.
“I never got to the go to the Commonwealth Games as an amateur because I turned professional just beforehand. I believe I’d have won gold at those Games and for that reason, I’d like to fight for the Commonwealth as a pro.
“I’m thankful MTK Global has got me out again so quickly. They’re keeping me busy and that was something I lacked earlier in my career. I won’t go looking for a knockout on October 5 but I’m all-action and keen to let a few bombs go.
“Myself and Stevie have been pushing each other on in this camp. He’s in a big 10-round fight and I’m looking to get back in the title mix, so you’ll see two good performances from ‘Mr Dynamite’ and ‘Boring Ward’!”
Joining the Jamie Moore-trained duo on a card headlined by Tyrone McCullagh’s WBO European clash with Josh Kennedy is Paddy Gallagher vs. Jay Byrne for the Celtic super-welterweight title, Marco McCllough vs. Ruddy Encarnacion, world-ranked Nathaniel May, Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly, Gary Cully, Padraig McCrory and more.
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Rising Star Pugh Back In Action This Saturday, Faces Sirajeva at Pride Park, Derby
Back in April this year Emily Pugh made her professional debut, and boy oh boy did she do it in style. Emily and her opponent Jelizaveta Cerkasova, who was also making her pro debut, put on a master-class.
The contest was a true master-class, but not in the normal sense of the word as used within boxing circles, whereby one boxer ‘gave a master-class to their opponent’, oh no it was a true closely fought master-class of boxing full stop, one of the most enthralling boxing matches in a long, long time, one that is only matched by the even more recent ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated World Boxing Council (WBC) Atomweight World Championship contest between Emily’s fellow British & Irish Boxing Authority licensed boxer, the former WBC Muay Thai World Champion Denise Castle and WBC World Youth & International Champion Fabiana Bytyqi.
This coming Saturday, at Pride Park, in Derby, Pugh is set to step into the ring for her second pro bout, this time the Wolverhampton Girl is set to face Latvia’s Veronika Sirajeva on the undercard of the WBL & EBL European Championship contest between Ross Doherty and Gvido Seilis and co headliner Nathan Decastro versus Agoe Ashong PBC Commonwealth title showdown.
Speaking from her home earlier, Pugh said;
“I am very excited to get back into the ring, and more than ready.
“I am looking forward to boxing six rounds. I intend to win them every one of these rounds with a strong performance, in style.
“My professional debut seems so long ago, and I know that I can top that performance and put on a strong fight.
“I hope my opponent has worked as hard as me and is ready to give it everything she’s got.
“Thank you to everyone that has supported me, by travelling to come and watch, to Aspire Fitness who have helped prep me for this fight and my sponsor E-liquid Paradise, who this would not be happening without… thank you! I will not let any of you down.”
Emily Pugh versus Veronika Sirajeva is a support bout for the Ross Doherty versus Gvido Seilis for the World Boxing League (WBL) and European Boxing League (EBL) European Welterweight Championships, that co-headlines with the Nathan Decastro versus Agoe Ashong, for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Commonwealth Super Middleweight Championship contest on the Daniel Gray promoted event at Pride Park in Derby on Saturday 29th September 2018.
Also featured on the event is another mouth-watering all Merseyside title clash, between Craig Kennerdale and Paul Peers for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) Silver English Welterweight title and Leed’s Super lightweight Jack Jones makes his professional debut against Dundalk, Ireland’s Michael Kelly.
The event is virtually sold out but there are a few tickets still available, for details please call Dan Gray on 07522 401454.