Darren Cruise calls for Irish title fight with “one-dimensional” Conrad Cummings


Darren Cruise [8(2)-6(0)] claims Conrad Cummings [14(6)-2(0)-1] no longer has a valid excuse and has called for a fight with the Tyrone middleweight.

The two-weight Irish title challenger wanted to face the former WBO European middleweight title holder at Windsor Park last weekend but claims Cummings rebuffed his offer in preference of an easy comeback fight having lost Dub Luke Keeler in April.

Now, having returned to winning ways with an impressively dominant win over the notably game Nicky Jenman, Roscommon’s Cruise claims there is no reason the pair shouldn’t trade leather.

“I made contact with Conrad’s team for the fight to happen on the Frampton bill but they wouldn’t take it,” Cruise revealed to Irish-Boxing.com.

“Obviously they wanted a handy comeback fight. That’s okay, but now he has had his comeback there are no more excuses.”

“Don’t be fighting fighters nobody knows, fight a good Irish fighter that is willing to fight,” he added before suggest he doesn’t think Team Cummings are keen on making what he believes would be an entertaining dust-up.

“I really do think that myself and Conrad is a great fight but I don’t think Conrad’s team are keen on the fight because they know my record does not suggest how good I am and they know I am a very dangerous fight.”

Cruise, who has lost  by a single point in both middleweight and super middleweight Irish title fights to Luke Keeler and JJ McDonagh respectively, suggests a clash between the pair would be ideal for the green strap and believes it wouldn’t look out of place on a Frampton-Warrington undercard.

“If Luke [Keeler] has vacated the Irish title I think myself against Conrad is an ideal match up either for the MTK [Belfast] show on October 5th or the Frampton Warrington undercard.”

If the bout is made, Cruise is confident he can secure victory against a fighter he believes is ‘one dimensional’.

“Luke Keeler completely outclassed him and, in a lot of people’s opinions, I beat Luke. When I fought Luke I had seven weeks to prepare for a 10-round fight and I didn’t even look at a boxing glove for a year previous to that due to being overseas with work.”

“I want this fight because it’s a great fight and I want to be in great fights. I know for a fact I can beat Conrad he is very one dimensional.”

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