Friday November 20 at the Waterfront Hall promises to be one of the best nights of boxing Belfast has seen this year. The Cyclone Promotions card entitled ALL ON THE LINE features two intriguing domestic battles.
In the main event of the evening Coalisland’s undefeated Conrad ‘Dynamite’ Cummings faces off against Belfast’s undefeated Alfredo Meli for the vacant BBBofC Celtic middleweight title. In the co-feature Belfast’s Irish featherweight champion Marco McCullough boxes Glasgow’s Scottish featherweight king Jon Slowey in a ‘make or break’ ten-round featherweight contest.
Cummings versus Meli represents a genuine 50/50 clash of unbeaten prospects and the winner can look forward to a plethora of potential domestic matchups in one of Britain and Ireland’s hottest divisions. For McCullough and Slowey it really is ‘do or die’ time, as both men will be looking to re-establish themselves as serious title contenders with a win in this crunch contest.
Conrad ‘Dynamite’ Cummings has boxed at the very highest level in the amateur game, including competing in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) prior to turning professional with Barry McGuigan in early 2014. The Tyrone native is one of the most dedicated boxers in the British and Irish fight scene, spending long periods of time in London at the McGuigan Gym. There he trains under the watchful eye of renowned coach Shane McGuigan alongside the likes of IBF World super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton, newly crowned Celtic super featherweight king Anthony Cacace and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Taylor.
Cummings, 7 – 0, has made a smooth transition to the pro-ranks since making his professional debut in February 2014. The powerful middleweight prospect has gained valuable experience boxing on the undercard of stablemate Carl Frampton’s World title bills both at home in Belfast and abroad in the USA. On Friday November 20 the twenty-four year old Cummings steps out of the shadows of his famous training partner and into the limelight when he headlines the huge ALL ON THE LINE show at Belfast’s famous Waterfront Hall.
“I’m absolutely buzzing about this fight. It’s my first title fight and my first ten-rounder and I will also be headlining a show for the first time at a great venue in the Waterfront Hall. I respect what my opponent has achieved in the amateurs and pros and I am not taking this fight lightly. We have some hard men from France being flown into London to put me through my paces in sparring ahead of November 20 and I will be one hundred percent ready come fight time,” said Cummings.
Manager Barry McGuigan concurs with his charge’s meticulous approach to this crucial title bout. “Conrad Cummings is a very dedicated young man who genuinely puts his all into his training. Conrad has been looking better and better in each training camp and I have no doubt that he can deliver the goods on November 20. The team has made sure that Conrad will be very well prepared for this bout and he will need to be. Alfredo Meli is a talented young boxer who is undefeated as a professional and is on all roll at the moment. His team believes he has the beating of Conrad and this fight has all the hallmarks of a classic domestic dustup,” said Barry McGuigan.
Undefeated Alfredo Meli, 11 – 0, is coming off his most impressive win to date, an eight-round points victory over Scotland’s durable Rhys Pagan in August. The talented southpaw collected multiple national titles in the amateurs and has kept a low profile since turning professional in 2012. Twenty-five year old ‘Fredo’ now has the perfect breakout fight against Cummings on November 20 at the Waterfront Hall and the former Immaculata ABC boxer is determined to take his chance.
“This is the kind of fight I got into boxing for. We are both coming to win and we both have our strengths and weaknesses. I have known about this fight for a while now and I’m leaving no stone unturned. I will be the new Celtic middleweight champion on November 20,” said Meli.
In the co-feature of ALL ON THE LINE Belfast’s Marco McCullough takes on Scottish Featherweight champion Jon Slowey in a make or break ten-round featherweight contest. McCullough is making his comeback from a shock loss in Germany this summer and recorded an impressive first-round stoppage victory last weekend in Edinburgh on the undercard of Anthony Cacace’s memorable Celtic super featherweight title victory over Ronnie Clark. That night McCullough dismantled Latvia’s Sergejs Logins, 9 (9) – 6 – 1, dropping the Riga native twice before the referee rightly called a halt to proceedings at the end of the opening round.
Irish Champion McCullough, 13 – 2, knows that Slowey will represent a far harder test on November 20 at the Waterfront Hall and is under no illusions ahead of their crunch bout. “Jon Slowey is a tough guy. He’s won titles and boxed in other opponent’s backyards before so he will be coming to Belfast full of confidence, but he hasn’t fought anyone like me before and he will not have heard a crowd like the Belfast crowd. The Waterfront Hall will be buzzing on fight night and I’m going to outbox him and methodically break him down in front of my home fans,” said McCullough.
Former WBC International Silver featherweight champion and current Scottish featherweight king Slowey recently travelled to Italy to challenge for the vacant EBU-EU European featherweight title. On that occasion Glasgow’s Slowey, 19 – 2, came up just short against the slippery Italian Carmine Tommasone but the twenty-five year old Scot doesn’t expect the same evasive tactics from McCullough. “I can’t wait for this fight. It wasn’t my night over in Italy but now I’m back in the mix with this great fight. I think Marco and I will put on a proper show for the fans and I expect fireworks on November 20. We were going to box a while back but the bout never materialised so it’s great that we’re finally getting it on,” said Slowey.
Also on the undercard of ALL ON THE LINE on November 20 will be local prospects Paul Hyland Jnr, Matthew Wilton and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher.
Tickets for ALL ON THE LINE start from £35 and are available from the Waterfront Hall Box Office on 02890 33 44 55 or from www.cyclonepromotions.com