Conrad Cummings handed tough comeback fight


Conrad Cummings [13(6)-2(0)-1] returns from his loss to Luke Keeler this weekend and is not coming back with an easy fight.

The Tyrone middleweight lost to Keeler at the SSE Odyssey Arena back in April and will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday [August 18th ] at Windsor Park.

Cummings has been presented with a tough test in Nicky Jenman [20(3)-12(7)-1].

The Brighton southpaw is a former BBBoC Southern Area champion and recent Commonwealth title challenger and a win for Cummings would arguably constitute the best result of his career.

Jenman had a mixed start to his career but went on a strong run following a second round loss to Tommy Langford back in 2014.

Following away corner victories over prospects Carl Dickens and Warren Fenn, an Area title was won versus Nathan Graham before he was dethroned in a close fight with Grant Dennis.

2017 was Jenman’s strongest year to date. He scored a stunningly dominant fifth round stoppage win over unbeaten hot prospect Tey Lynn Jones and, after a fight with Navan’s Chris Blaney fell through, he also stopped the then 9-1 Tom Stokes.

2018, so far, has been tough for Jenman who lost a dubious decision to Andrew Robinson in March before being stopped in two having come in as a late replacement to foe Commonwealth champ Liam Cameron. Most recently he was sopped in five by Dale Coyne but he remains a tricky and dangerous comeback foe for Cummings.

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The Coalisland puncher has been in camp in Manchester with Jamie Moore alongside Saturday’s headliner Carl Frampton who defends his WBO interim featherweight belt versus Luke Jackson and Steven Ward who faces Stevie Collins for the BUI Celtic light heavyweight title.

Cummings is keen to make amends for his decisive points defeat to Keeler, who also fights on the card. This result, he feels, is due to an underestimation of the Dubliner and outside-of-the-ring distractions and Cummings has expressed his deep desire for a rematch.

Also featuring on the BT Sport-broadcast football stadium bill this Saturday are Paddy Barnes who challenges WBC featherweight champ Cristofer Rosales, Tyson Fury, Marco McCullough, Lewis Crocker, Steven Donnelly, Sean McComb, Isaac Lowe, and Sam Maxwell.

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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