Conrad Cummings confident he will ‘catapult’ himself ‘back into the mix’ with victory over unbeaten Essex boy

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Conrad Cummings [17(7)-3(0)-1] believes an A+ performance come November 9 will put him back at the top of the middleweight contender class.

The 28-year-old has been handed the chance to win the WBO European ranking title for the third time when he fights on top of an #MTKFightNight at York Hall early next month.

The popular Tyrone fighter will fight undefeated Essex southpaw Danny Dignum [11(5)–0] for a title he has held twice previously.

‘Mr Dynamite’ admits his 27-year-old foe has the ability to cause problems, but he remains confident of victory.

In fact he is adamant he will have have his hand raised, hold the title aloft and lift his ranking to such a degree he will secure a world ranking.

“He is young and a good fighter, but I’ll bring my A game and put my career right back where it needs to be,” Cummings told Irish-boxing.com.

“I think it will be a great fight, a hard fight too, but I’m confident,” he adds before stressing what reclaiming the WBO European ranking title will do for his career.

“This will mean so much to me for numerous reasons, but career wise it will catapult me right back in the mix and back into the World Boxing Organisation’s top 15 world rankings.”

The Coalisland fighter only returned from a defeat to Luke Keeler and after overcoming a dark period in his life last Friday week at the Ulster Hall. He secured a ring rust freeing victory over Adam Grabiec and instantly called for big fights.

Some suggested he may benefit from some more rounds and personal time before returning to more meaningful action, but Cummings is confident he is ready.

Having had a storied amateur career and fought at a relatively high level as a pro, Cummings doesn’t see what he would gain from routine victories, not to mention he now finds the journeyman experience quite ‘underwhelming’.

“They offered me it and I said yes bring it on. I’ve served my apprenticeship I don’t need anymore warm up fights.

“There was the possibility of taking another [fight] to get everything right, but I’ve been in camp about 10 weeks now, I’m in a great place mentally and physically. Also, it’s very underwhelming preparing for tune up fights, especially at this stage of my career.”

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Jonny Stapleton

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