The Tyrone 160lber lost to the experienced German via split decision at the Wembley Arena, although the vast majority of onlookers had Cummings clearly winning a competitive contest.
Dubliner Collins, Ireland’s first ever two-weight World champ, was impressed with what he saw from Cummings in London and believes that the loss on his record is a mere minor issue.
The Celtic Warrior told Irish-Boxing.com that “it was a great performance, and he’s definitely one for the future. He was up against a guy with a lot more experience than him, he stepped up a level and matched him.”
“I know there were a few things there that he wasn’t doing. in the second half of the fight he moved his head a bit more and started throwing body shots, and he showed his potential.”
With regards to the scoring of the IBF Inter-Continental title fight (Cummings 96:94, Mittag 96:94 x2), Collins admitted that “it was a great match, a very even match. I thought Conrad did enough to win, I was a bit surprised. If they had given him the draw I would have maybe accepted it, but I thought he did enough to win.”
“I wanted Conrad to win so I could have been a bit biased, but one judge did give it to him. Maybe when I go back and look at it on TV I might see a different fight – but either way, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
The Cabra legend does not think that ‘Mr Dynamite’ will need a prolonged period of rebuilding, and he stated how “I’d be looking for a rematch as soon as possible, get the rematch under your belt, get the win under your belt, and move on.”
“He’s served his apprenticeship and he’s stepped in against a guy who had over thirty fights. He got in with a very experienced, seasoned professional and I thought he just did enough to win. So to me, it just shows that he’s at that level and he’ll continue to improve, whereas I don’t think his opponent will improve any more, but I’ve no do doubt he [Cummings] will.”
“Down the road he will get the rematch and I think he will win more clearly and there’ll be no doubts next time. Some kids can handle a loss and come back a better fighter.”