The pair were full of respect in the lead-up to their first meeting, a fight Keeler won widely on points, but there has been a little more niggle ahead of the pair’s WBO European rankings title repeat, which headlines a stacked Ulster Hall bill on Friday.
‘Cool Hand’ wasn’t overly happy with ‘lucky’ talk from ‘Mr Dynamite’, which has will certainly be compounded by the ‘lotto’ comment. The Ballyfermot middleweight feels his domestic rival hasn’t given him the credit for his win first time out.
While Tyrone’s Cummings now feels his opponent on the top of the IFL-broadcast show has been a ‘bit disrespectful’ to him.
The reigning WBO European champion points out he has no real issue with Keeler and things are certainly not bad blood level, but he was upset the Pete Taylor-trained fighter tagged him in a certain tweet a few months ago.
“I’ve no real problems with Luke but he put a tweet out a few months ago talking about beating me again and tagged me in it. I’ve no problem if that’s how he feels, but it’s uncalled for to tag me in it and I felt that was a bit disrespectful. Luke won’t win the Lotto twice,” said Cummings before promising a much improved performance this time around.
“I still haven’t watched the first fight. I lost fair and square but it wasn’t me in there. The better man won on the night but I’ll right the wrongs this Friday.”
“It was my first real loss and was tough, but I had good people around me who have helped put this plan in place to come back. I’m the WBO European champion again and he stands in the way of my first defence.”
— MTK Global (@MTKGlobal) March 28, 2019
It’s not just the chance of revenge that excites Cummings ahead of the Belfast fight night.
The Jamie Moore-trained fighter delights in topping an Ulster Hall bill and also has an eye on a top 10 world ranking.
“I’ve always dreamed of headlining Ulster Hall and it’s a stacked bill that MTK Global have put on from start to finish, so it’s a bit of a dream come true.
“I saw the WBO rankings the other day and Luke was 11 and I was 14, so I assume the winner will be top 10 with the WBO. I’m fully focused on this fight but the pot of gold could be at the end with what’s in the future.”