Ringside Report: MTK Fight Night Belfast: Cummings v Keeler 2
By Dan McConnell
MTK Global brought their Fight Night show to Belfast’s iconic Ulster Hall last night, Friday the 29th of March for the very first time. And what a show they gave us fight fans!
Carl Frampton, Michael, Jamie Conlan and Paddy Barnes where the stars in attendance in Belfast with a sold-out arena in attendance. What a great show, excellent atmosphere and great night of fights despite no crowd-pleasing knockouts on the night.
In the Main-event WBO European middleweight champion Conrad Cummings (16-3-1) put his title on the line against familiar foe Luke Keeler (16-2-1). The last time both fighters met ‘Cool Hands’ came on victorious in that contest, while the Tyrone-native Cummings was out for revenge and to also his WBO title.
Round one started out very tense, with the crowd shouting for some action while both fighters felt each-other out. Keeler went on the attack but didn’t land anything significant. The same continued in round two, while Cummings looked on the over cautious side. In the third round Keeler opened up ‘Dynamite’ Cummings right eye, which panicked the Northern-Irishman who became more defensive and, on the counter,-attack.
In the fourth Cummings landed his own big shots, while Keeler illegally head-butted his opponent in the fourth round and again in the sixth. Throughout the next few round it was very hard to separate the fighters on the score cards, despite Keeler’s early start which had him ahead. In round nine Cummings landed a huge right and continued to march forward in an absolute war. The early rounds looked to be in favour of Keeler’s camp, with the champion Cummings needing a knockout to keep hold of his title in the final round. Both fighters threw everything they had left in the tank before going to the judge’s scorecards.
Also, on the card ‘Sugar’ Sean McComb continued his unbeaten pro career by defeating former British title challenger Troy James. Steven Ward ‘The Quiet Man’ won his contest pretty comfortably against Josip Perkovic to extend his own unbeaten run in the light-heavyweight division. Tyrone McKenna came through his bout against Oscar Amador without any serious knocks that he has taken in the past and sets him back on course.
Luke Keeler defeated Conrad Cummings via decision (won WBO European middleweight title)
Callum Bradley defeated Jose Aguilar via decision
Sean McComb defeated Troy James via decision
Steven Ward defeated Josip Perkovic via decision
Paidraig McCrory defeated Santos Medrano via decision
Tyrone McKenna defeated Oscar Amador via decision
Gary Cully defeated Brayan Mairena via decision
Steven Donnelly defeated Casey Blair via decision
Taylor McGoldrick defeated Gianni Antoh via TKO in round 2
Alfredo Meli defeated Achilles Szabo via TKO in round 2
SATEVE Collins Jnr defeated Arthurs Kulikauskis via decision