Boxing: Cummings back to winning ways

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th February 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Conrad Cummings from Coalisland and Victor Garcia from France during their Middleweight Contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th February 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Conrad Cummings from Coalisland and Victor Garcia from France during their Middleweight Contest on the undercard of the Frampton Quigg World Super-Bantamweight unification clash at the Manchester Arena.

Despite his preparations having been interrupted by a late change of opponent and illness, Conrad Cummings bounced back to achieve win number eight on Saturday.

And the local man has also recovered from an illness which threatened to scupper the fight, this the reason it had been reduced from a planned eight rounds to just six.

But the problems proved no impediment for the typically unflappable Cummings, who convincingly won the six-round contest, perhaps even with a bit more to spare than the score of 59-54 indicates.

Indeed, it was only the bell which saved the Frenchman from being counted out in the penultimate round of the contest, part of the undercard in the massive bill which was topped by Carl Frampton’s win over Nigel Quigg in the big world title unification clash.

“If it had been an eight-rounder, I would have got him out of there. He was absolutely gone at the end, but I’m still learning” stated a delighted Cummings, adding that, as he had said in the build-up, it was a great opportunity for him and it was great to be part of a historic night of boxing.

Cummings, who had a point deducted for illegal elbow work in round five, had Garcia in real trouble at the time and he was on the verge of succumbing to the barrage of punches, the bell sounding to allow him to go the distance.