One such example is Carl Frampton, who won the IBF Inter-Continental belt in May 2012 with a comfortable win over Raul Hirales. The Jackal was installed at #16 in the IBF rankings the following month and would work his way up the ladder and eventually win the IBF super bantamweight World title in September 2014.
Next month Conrad Cummings [10(4)-0-1] fights for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title against German Ronny Mittag [28(14)-2(0)-1], and the Coalisland puncher acknowledges that he is following a similar path trodden by Frampton
“I want to win that IBF Inter-Continental belt,” said Cummings. “It’s the same belt that my stablemate Carl Frampton won on his way up and I want to emulate Carl by winning the title in style on November 18th.”
“My opponent is a genuine contender but nothing is going to stop me getting the win on November 18th.”
The clash takes place at the Wembley Arena on the George Groves v Eduard Gutknecht undercard, and Cumming is excited to appear on another big bill. The London-hosted bout gives ‘Mr Dynamite’ a chance to win a first professional belt in what will be his second attempt, having been held to a draw by Belfast’s Alfredo Meli for the Celtic title last year. The 25 year old Tyrone scrapper described how “this is a fantastic opportunity for me to showcase my skills in front of a large television audience on Spike and to pick up my first belt as a professional.”
“It’s great to be on a big show at the SSE Arena, Wembley where so many historic fights have taken place over the years.”