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Cummings can hit the top: McGuigan

Professional boxing's middleweight division is becoming crowded with Irish talent. The ranks of Matthew Macklin, Andy Lee, Eamonn O'Kane, Anthony Fitzgerald, Steve Collins Jnr and Luke Ormond are being joined by Tyrone man Conrad Cummings, a fighter Barry McGuigan believes "can go right to the top".

McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions has already done sterling work on moving Carl Frampton to the cusp of greatness. He's added Cummings to his roster. "Conrad is stylistically perfect for the professional boxing," Barry explains. "He's a natural puncher and loves to come forward. He's only 22. Shane (McGuigan, trainer) had him in the gym and says he's only scratching the surface of his potential. He's looking forward to turning him into a terrific fighter."

Cummings had been showing huge potential in the amateur ranks and joining the World Series of Boxing brought him to global attention when he defeated Carlos Banteur, the Cuban Olympic silver medallist.

"Shane feels he can turn Conrad into a terrific seek-and-destroy fighter," enthuses Barry. "With his experience in the WSB we feel we can hit the ground running."

The former Holy Trinity boxer's pro debut will be on the undercard of Carl Frampton's next bill. "People are going to love him," says Barry. "He's going to make a real impact on the already exciting middleweight division."

It's going to be an explosive year for Team Fury.

Straight-talking trainer Peter Fury says his 19-year-old son Hughie is "not hanging around" in 2014. The brightest heavyweight prospect in years, with impeccable amateur credentials, Hughie fought and won 12 bouts (7KOs) since turning pro nine months ago.

Peter reckons he's now ready to move up a gear. "He's improving and maturing as he's growing," says Peter. "He's got a cast iron chin and power. He's now fighting clever. He's ready for bigger and better things. The sky's the limit."