Belfast show dealt massive blow by headline opponent withdrawal

The big pro show in Belfast next Friday [December 7th] has been hit by another massive blow.

During the week it emerged that the chief support bout, a BBBoC Celtic welterweight title fight between Lewis Crocker and Martin Harkin, was off the bill and this afternoon it has been confirmed that the headline opponent is now out.

READ: Lewis Crocker v Martin Harkin title fight OFF

Tyrone middleweight Conrad Cummings [15(7)-2(0)-1] was due to top the will in a vacant WBO European title fight with Brian Rose [30(8)-5(3)-1] but the Blackpool boxer will no longer be involved.

No official reason for Rose’s withdrawal was disclosed.

Cummings will now fight Hungarian light middleweight champion Ferenc Berki [11(5)-0] for the rankings title he previously held last year.

The 23-year-old Budapest boxer won his national title in his last fight, back in February, when he edged game journeyman Laszlo Fazekas on a majority decision.

Unlike many Hungarians who build up a quick string of wins and a healthy unbeaten record before becoming journeymen, Berki is viewed as a genuine prospect.cummings berki

The initial match-up between Cummings and Rose was due to lead in to a match-up between the winner and Luke Keeler [15(5)-2(1)-1].

The Dubliner, who won the vacant belt with a decisive victory over Cummings in April, was due to face former light middleweight world title challenger Rose in London in a defence of this strap on December 14th.

A back injury forced Keeler out of this fight and he would vacate his belt for Cummings-Keeler on the condition that the winner of this competitive match-up would face him in the new year.

It is unclear if this arrangement remains for the winner of Cummings-Berki.

The card on Friday now comprises of Cummings-Berki along with appearances for Gary Cully, Sean McComb, Poddy McCrory, Paddy Gallagher, Stevie Collins Jr, Phil Sutcliffe and debutant Stephen Webb.


logo may

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: