Conrad Cummings [10(4)-1(0)-1] was dealt a disappointing blow last week when his scheduled rematch with Ronnie Mittag fell through, but the Coalisland middleweight has been handed another opportunity to climb into the world rankings of one of the four major governing bodies.
Cyclone Promotions announced this afternoon that the Tyrone fighter will box for the WBO European belt on Friday March 24th as part of the Josh Taylor v Warren Joubert undercard at the Meadowbank Arena.
Here he will face Gogi Knezevic [31(13)-6(6)] over twelve rounds for the ranking-providing strap, with the winner being placed on the ladder currently topped by Billy Joe Saunders.
His 37 year old Austrian opponent is a top name in his native country, winning the Austrian light middleweight title in 2008, but generally comes unstuck when travelling abroad, usually getting stopped. Cummings will be looking to add to this streak as he seeks to get back to winning ways following his controversial loss to Mittag back in November.
Incidentally, Knezevic defeated Mittag back in 2006 when both were in the infancies of their careers.
The Central European brings an aggressive style and Cyclone describe the match-up as one which “is sure to be a ‘fight of the night’ contender.”
Also featuring on the bill, which will be shown live on Channel 5/Spike TV are Josh Easton, Connor Law, Iain Trotter, and Belfast-based Ronnie Clark.
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