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Conrad Cummings aiming to emulate Carl Frampton

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While international and inter-continental belts are held in light regard by most, they do offer a route into World rankings and a platform to challenge for actual titles.

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.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie