Conrad Cummings and Alfredo Meli both looked up for it at Thursday’s weigh-in for Friday night’s Celtic title clash at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Middleweights Cummings and Meli exchanged verbals during the face-off and Shane McGuigan trained Cummings says he is glad all the talking is over.
“I don’t like all that talking, all that bravado stuff but he has started saying things.
“I’m staying calm and relaxed but he just keeps talking about these 10 rounds.
“I know its 10 rounds Alfredo, I can count to 10 and I don’t know if he can.
“He’s making up all these equations himself of what’s going to happen because he knows what’s going to happen, and you’re going to see that in the ring,” he added.
Cummings is destained for great things but southpaw Meli insists he is not there to make up the numbers.
“I’m not coming here to lose, I’m coming here to win, and whether if that’s my points or knockout that doesn’t really matter, as long as I win.
“All the talk doesn’t matter. It was just banter really, that’s what happens at these things, just a bit of banter.
“It doesn’t affect what I do tomorrow. I’ll end up with the win. This is a huge opportunity for me and I am ready to take it,” said Meli.
Also tonight at the Waterfront Marc McCullough takes on Sergio Prado and McCullough’s trainer John Breen is sure his fighter will deliver on the night.
“He has looked good in the gym and we had to change his sparring about when Jon Slowey pulled out.
“Prado is a come forward fighter, so it will be a test, but one we will win.
“And my other two fighters Paddy Gallagher and Feargal McCrory are also ready to go. Paddy has trained well and McCrory is a hard wee man with a great left hand.
“It is great to have three fighters on a show in Belfast,” he added.
Matthew Wilton will look to take his record to 13-0, while Paul Hyland jnr will also look to remain unbeaten.
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