Conrad Cummings has entered the world of professional coaching.
The ever-entertaining former middleweight of prominence has teamed up with emerging coach Iain Mahood, joining a new fresh team that works out of Carrickfergus.
Speaking online ‘Mr Dynamite’ confirmed the move.
“Pleased to announce I’ve teamed up with my former coach Iain Mahood down at Carrickfergus. I will be training professional fighters from Evolution Boxing Club.
“I believe I have the experience and knowledge in the fight game inside and outside of the ring to help make champions. I will have my full Professional Licence from January and I’m excited for the next chapter.”
The Tyrone fighter has been making visits to the gym where he used to train over recent months and will now officially be part of a coaching set up that mentors the likes of IBO super featherweight world champion Anthony Cacace, Dublin prospect Willo Hayden and recent BUI Celtic title challenger Ruadhan Farrell.
Cummings retired relatively young, forced to hang them up at just 30-years-of-age this time last year.
The CoalIsland favourite made the decision on medical grounds, heeding the doctors ‘one more fight could be one too many’ advice.
“It is with a very heavy heart I have to make this announcement that my boxing career inside of the ring is over,” he said in a statement at the time.
“I have just finished my training camp for my 23rd professional fight, I’m in the best shape I’ve been in years and I’m ready to go, however after my medical report was examined one more fight potentially could be too many. I am fine but I will not be risking my health.”
The fighter, who at different stages was trained by Shane McGuigan and Jamie Moore, twice won the WBO European ranking title and was involved in highly entertaining domestic clashes with Luke Keeler [twice] and Alfredo Meli. He finishes with a record 17 wins four defeats and a draw.
The middleweight always showed real heart in the ring and wore it on his sleeve out of the squared circle. As an amateur, he secured domestic titles at various levels and age groups and recorded a famous WSB over Carlos Banteur, the Cuban Olympic silver medallist.