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Cummings: I’m already in Meli’s head

On November 20th, undefeated Ulster middleweights Alfredo Meli and Conrad Cummings will clash for the BBBoC Celtic title at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. With the bout just four weeks away, Coalisland boxer Cummings believes he is winning the mental battle – and that he will go on to win the physical battle as well.

The pair spoke to the Irish News at the recent press conference in Belfast ahead of the ‘All on the Line’ show. Local boxer Meli was unperturbed by his opponents big reputation and believes that he can handle the power of Cummings, arguing that “he thinks he going to put me away – but we all know I can go into the mix and last the full 10 rounds.”

“I’m not going down for nobody. I haven’t yet and I’m not planning to. I plan to stay up for the full 10.”

London-based Tyrone man Cummings however believes that he has already landed the first blow. The Cyclone prospect explained that “he keeps mentioning going the distance, but I haven’t once said I’m going to stop him.”

“I said ‘it’ll be an exciting fight, however long it may last’, so in his head he’s worried about my power already.”

“He keeps saying ‘he’ll not stop me’ and ‘it’s going to go 10 rounds’, but I haven’t said I will stop him, so I’ve got into his head. He knows what I’m trying and he’ll know more on November 20.”

“He’s worried.”

With still a month to go, this fight is really starting to bubble up nicely and has all the markings of a small-hall classic.

Tickets for ‘All on the Line’ are available from £35 and can be bought from: The boxers involved / www.cyclonepromotions.com / www.waterfront.co.uk / or by calling 028 9033 4400.

Both Meli and Cummings’s full interviews with The Irish News can be found HERE.

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