BOXING is an individual sport. You can’t bring anyone into the ring with you. No one seems to relish the challenge that presents more than middleweight battler Conrad Cummings, but days shy of ‘Dynamite’s’ sixth pro fight he talked about the benefits of having a team around in the build up.
The Cyclone Promotions prospect has heralded the team spirit in the camp leading up to the February 28 Odyssey World title bill and claims he has helped him progress even further.
Cummings has been training beside World champion Carl Frampton, Anthony Cacace and others and McGugians Gym in London and claims the are all pushing each other towards becoming ‘the next Carl Frampton’.
“Training has been extremely hard, every single day,” Cummings told Irish-boxing.com
“I am pushing hard in every aspect, trying to improve and up my game. This is the longest camp yet for myself as a professional, an eight week camp. Now that the team has extended slightly, there is more fun and banter in the gym I’m enjoying it. Also, everyone is bouncing off each other and pushing each-other on, everyone wants to be the next Carl Frampton… a World champion.”
Cumming’s has been fortunate to have Frampton as a stable mate. Not only does he get to see what it takes training wise to become a World champ, but he gets to show case his talents on massive ‘Jackal’ topped bills while other recently turned over pros are working their way up the small hall circuit.
“I feel very lucky and grateful for everything I have,” he explained.
“I am getting more exposure than any pro at this stage of my career. I am with the best team in the business and very thankful. If I keep winning, and they will help guide me to the very top, as promised.”
February 28 see’s Cummings make his terrestrial TV debut and step up in class. Fellow unbeaten prospect Roberto Palenzuela standing in the way of a perfect 6-0 record for the Coalisland native, but he is confident of victory and will go on the title hunt after Saturday.
“This is another step on the ladder, and to be honest I am only thinking about February 28th and nothing else. But what I do know, when I take care of Palenzuela, I will start stepping up to championship rounds and chasing after them belts, sooner rather than later!”