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All Irish middleweight fight set for Frampton v Quigg undercard?

Tentative rumours doing the rounds this morning suggest we could be set for an all Irish middleweight clash on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s massive World title fight with Scott Quigg.

It could be Cyclone Promotions versus Matchroom, Tyrone v Dublin and Ireland v Ireland if the rumour mill is to be believed.

Not quite Andy Lee versus Matthew Macklin, but suggesting Conrad Cummings and Luke Keeler will trade leather on the massive Manchester Arena hosted show will excite fans nonetheless.

According to suggestions no deal has has yet to be struck, but the bout has been muted and Cyclone and Matchroom are said to be exploring the option.

Pascal Collins trained middleweight ‘Cool Hand’ Keeler has previously expressed a desire to trade leather with fellow middleweight prospects. Indeed he has called for the Cummings clash in his own laid back way in the past.

“I don’t like to call out fighters, but I want big fights and the chance to win the Irish title. Conrad is a great lad and a good fighter. I think at this stage of our careers I think the Cummings fight would be a great one. It would excite fans and it would be a brilliant clash of styles. A lot would be on the line for both of us so that in itself would make for a fan friendly fight. It is also a meaningful fight which I am sure Conrad wants at this stage too,” Keeler said earlier this year.

Indeed Keeler also suggested that the February 27 fight night would be the perfect platform for the all Irish clash.

In a separate interview he added,

“I would love to fight on that card and I think a fight between myself and Cummings could be made due to the fact he is with Cyclone and my links with Matchroom. It would be an early Fight of the Year contender.”

Cummings, who has never really name dropped Keeler, has recently proved he isn’t afraid to face fellow middleweight prospects and fought Alfredo Meli in a Fight of The Year contender in Belfast in late November.

So good was the scrap, which ended in a draw that fight fans were calling for a rematch and indeed for more all Irish dust ups. Post fight Cyclone were indicating that the Coalisland former WSB star would pursue a rematch and a return to Belfast rather than place Cummings on the undercard of his stable mate Carl Frampton’s massive grudge match.

However, the chance to impress on a Sky broadcast card against a fellow vaunted prospect might will certainly appeal to the fighter and may tempt Team Cummings to make the bout.


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