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SOMEONE’S 0 had to go, but it wasn’t Conrad Cummings as the Irish middle prospect pushed his record to 6-0 at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday night.
Cumming’s broke Roberto Palenzuela‘s duck egg, registering a shut out points win over Spainard on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s IBF World title defence.
Palenzuela played his part and was certainly live opposition, but he was no match for the ‘Dynamite’ who put on an impressive show for the ITV cameras.
There were cheers for a Cummings win come the final bell but they were followed by applause of respect for the effort and guts shown by the away corners fighter.
Cummings gave his foe rope burn in the opening two rounds pressing him back to the ropes and drilling in right hands to the head and body. Palenzuela’s head was jolted, but his wits remained intact and was keen to fight back when the pressure was applied.
The work was more varied from Cummings as the rounds progressed, he dominated the stanzas against game opposition and some stinging right hands had Cummings support predicting a stoppage was fast approaching, but the Spaniard had other ideas.
Cummings flirted with with southpaw in round five and it enabled him to land some left hooks. By that point it had become clear it was going to take a special shot or a hammer to drop the away fighter, but Cummings may have got the stoppage via the pressure route.
As it was the fight went to Paul McCaullagh’s score card and Cummings registered an 80-71 victory.