By Diarmuid Sherry
All On The Line Weigh-In:
Relations appeared to be a little tense between Conrad Cummings and Alfredo Meli at today’s weigh-in. The pair clash tomorrow for the vacant Celtic Middleweight Title at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast promoted by Cyclone Promotions.
Cummings appeared relaxed and ripped on the scales, whereas Meli seemed a little apprehensive. However that changed when it was time for the traditional face-off as both boxers traded some friendly verbal’s with each other.
Coalisland native, Cummings, who weighed 11.5 stone said, “I don’t like all that talking, all that bravado stuff but he has started saying things. I’m staying calm and relaxed but he just keeps talking about these 10 rounds. I know its 10 rounds Alfredo, I can count to 10 and I don’t know if he can. He’s making up all these equations himself of what’s going to happen because he knows what’s going to happen, and you’re going to see that in the ring.”
“Dynamite” Cummings enters into his eighth professional contest as the favourite, and is confident that he has prepared well. “Preparations has been fantastic. It’s been a hard camp, I’ve had a lot of one to one training with Shane (McGuigan). I’m in the shape of my life, as you can see when I was on the scales.”
Meli (11.4 stone), also unbeaten in 11 contests is the perceived underdog is also confident that he will get the victory, and provide the unbeaten Cummings’ first loss.
“I’m not coming here to lose, I’m coming here to win, and whether if that’s my points or knockout that doesn’t really matter, as long as I win. All the talk doesn’t matter. It was just banter really, that’s what happens at these things, just a bit of banter. It doesn’t affect what I do tomorrow. I’ll end up with the win.”