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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Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa in action on Oct.12
Sheffield fighters Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa will both fight in Commonwealth Title eliminators against experienced Tanzanian opposition on October 12 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena, live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95, Virgin 553).
Super flyweight Frank, 8-0 (1), takes on Adam Yahaya, 18-2-1 (7); while Nassa will look to negotiate the challenge of Nasibu Ramadhan, 25-12-2 (13).
Frank hasn’t put a foot wrong as a pro. The 25-year-old, who is trained by Glyn Rhodes, picked up his first belt – the Central Area Title – in April against Craig Derbyshire, but will face his first real test against Yahaya.
Nassa – one of five pro siblings – was going great guns until coming unstuck against Brad Watson in February, in an English Title challenge. Since that stoppage defeat, Loua, 22, has returned to winning ways with a victory in April.
“Brad Watson pulled out of this super flyweight eliminator against Tommy, and so did Hassan Ahmed for whatever reason, so we’ve got him matched with this Tanzanian,” explained promoter, Dennis Hobson. “We’ve also got Loua in a Commonwealth Title eliminator at bantamweight. These will be two smashing fights, we’ve got a decent undercard, and I’m pleased that the show will be live on Freesports as well.
“I’ve got high hopes for Tommy and Loua. They’ve both got the experience now and it’s time to move them on, and test them. A Commonwealth Title eliminator isn’t an opportunity that comes along every day, but we believe in them, and this is a platform to start getting them onto the world scene.
“I believe in them, they’ve both got the right aptitude and attitude for the game. This is going to be a big step for them, but I do think they both have a chance for big things. My track record shows that I can move fighters onto the world scene, and I just need them to play their part now between the ropes.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions present an evening of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on October 12. Topping the bill will be Sheffield’s Tommy Frank and Loua Nassa in Commonwealth Title eliminators. The undercard will feature Sheffield fighters Dan West; Kane Salvin; Keenan Wainwright; Sufyaan Ahmed; Mohammed Alqotaibi, and Hakeem Nassa. Also appearing will be Manchester’s Michael Gomez Jr, and Buxton’s Irvin Mango.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.