Coalisland boxer Conrad Cummings is the Mid-Ulster Mail/Tyrone Times Sports Personality of the Month for February, his selection well deserved after impressively winning his first professional bout.
He got his pro career off to a flying start at the York Hall, seeing off the challenge of Andrejs Loginovs after four rounds 39-36 on the referee scorecard.
Speaking to the TIMES Conrad said: “It is a bit surreal. It has all happened so quickly. I just signed professional before Christmas and now I have my first fight over me and my first win. Walking out at my first fight with Barry McGuigan, his son Shane and obviously Carl Frampton there watching me. It was fantastic to get the ball rolling and now I am looking forward to my next one.
“The plan all along was to have my debut in the Odyssey and have the home support and all there, but I spoke with Barry and personally I wanted to get out before hand, take some of that tension off and just get the ball rolling. It will take a wee bit of pressure off I think but I will still be nervous, but it will be great to have the home support.”
Speaking about the reaction from everyone since he turned pro, Conrad said: “I never realised I had so much support, it has been absolutely mind-blowing, just one thing after another with the support I have received and I am so grateful to have it. it is making me work even harder.
“It was a dream walking into the ring for my first professional fight, I was living my childhood dream from I was nine years of age. I knew I wanted to be professional and to get there with such a great team, I couldn’t be in a better position, I’m not even 23 yet.
“It was an unbelievable feeling, it is such a showmanship professional boxing, walking in to ‘Firestarter’ playing. I wasn’t too sure about that, that tune was good but I thinkfor my next one I will have a bigger impact on the song and my entrance.”
Talking about working with Frampton and McGuigan and his son Shane, Conrad said: “It has been fantastic. Carl rings me all the time, he rang about ten minutes ago there giving off asking why I wasn’t training this week. He is very humble, for someone who is on the cusp of winning a world title and a celebrity he is very down to earth.
“I have only known him a couple of months now but I feel like I have known him all my life. He is a really nice lad. They all are very nice, humble people. Barry, Shane and the whole family have been very good to me, so I am very grateful.”
The 22-year old will next be out on the Carl Frampton’s Final Eliminator for the WBC World title clash with Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey on April 4 and he clearly has a bright future in his chosen sport.