“Now we’re seeing the real Conrad” – Carl Frampton delighted for stablemate following big win

Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] was in Edinburgh on Friday night to cheer on his Cyclone and McGuigan’s Gym stablemates.

Josh Taylor topped the bill at the Meadowbank Arena, defending his Commonwealth light welterweight title for the first time, stopping South African Warren Joubert in the sixth.

Also featuring was Coalisland’s Conrad Cummings [11(5)-1(0)-1], who claimed the WBO European belt with a third round knockout of Gogi Knezevic, and Frampton was proud as punch to see the Tyrone boxer pick up a big win.

It had been a frustrating few months for Cummings who fell to a dubious first career loss in November, dropping a split decision to Ronnie Mittag at the Wembley Arena in London. A rematch was hastily arranged for the subsequently postponed Cyclone show at the Motorpoint in Cardiff earlier this month, but Mittag would withdraw for personal reasons.

In place of this, ‘Mr. Dynamite’ was given another fight date on Friday, and looked better than ever with a destructive display against the veteran Austrian, downing him heavily in the first and the third.

Watching from ringside, Frampton was delighted to see Cummings finally put into practice some of the impressive work he is known for at McGuigan’s Gym in Battersea, where he is said to dominate high-level domestic rivals, and above, in sparring.

Writing in his weekly column for the Sunday Life, Frampton noted how “I couldn’t be happier for Conrad Cummings after watching him win the WBO European middleweight title on Friday night.”

“I have watched Conrad work his butt off every day in the gym and finally he gave the kind of performance we have all been waiting for. He bullied Gogi Knezevic from the start, cut off the ring, and finished in style.”

“Now we’re seeing the real Conrad.”

Joe O'Neill

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