Conrad Cummings changes coaching team

Conrad Cumming [16(7)-3(0)-1] will work with the third coaching team of his professional career.

The entertaining middleweight has teamed up with Gerard McManus and Dan Anderson and will relocate to Belfast in terms of training.

‘Mr. Dynamite’ first worked under the guidance of Shane McGuigan when he turned over with great expectations before following fellow former Cyclone Promotions puncher Carl Frampton to Jamie Moore.

The Coalisland native worked in Manchester with Moore and Nigel Travis for a year and a half but has now set up camp closer to home.

The former WBO European ranking title holder joins McManus and will now have the likes of cousin Taylor McGoldrick, Paddy Gallagher, Steven Donnelly and Owen O’Neill as gym-mates.

The Tyrone fighter makes the move after suffering rematch repeat reverse at the gloves of fellow MTK fighter Luke Keeler.

Following that defeat there were some suggesting a dejected Cummings might hang them up at the tender of 27 or take a break.

However, last month he confirmed he would fight on, but promised changes.

Cummings said that “I’ve had so many positive messages over this last few weeks, very uplifting thank you all.

“The support I have is phenomenal and at 27 there is plenty more in the tank, 
few changes and I’ll back to my very best soon.

“The story continues.”

It seems one of those changes comes in terms of trainer and training base.

There certainly is time for another few chapters to the Cummings tale.  The entertaining box-fighter has domestic options such as a rematch with Alfredo Meli or a clash with amateur rival Chris Blaney – and has a big profile, beyond that of most fighters in his position. 

There is also a sense that he could be just one or two changes away from reproducing some of his sensational World Series of Boxing form or finding a way to bring sparring form, which by all accounts was good enough to give Billy Joe Saunders and Andy Lee all manner of problems, into competitive pro action.

However, it is unclear what these changes are – whether they be minor tweaks in preparation and approach or something more wholesale such as departing from Moore.

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