Borg on crunch Cummings clash: I ain’t going to duck no-one
Former Welsh Area champion Frankie Borg (9-5, 3KO) is eager to start rebuilding his career and has vowed not to duck anyone in his path.
On Saturday, the 35-year-old will attempt to put a trio of brave defeats, two of which have come early, behind him at the Ice Arena Wales. Borg will make a rare appearance in his home city and fight in Cardiff for the first time in five years.
He said: “I’m not ducking fighters; I ain’t going to duck no-one. I could have got an easier fight because it’s my home show. I thought my manager would have got me an easier fight but I’m just happy to fight and get going again.
“I live like one mile from the arena; my local Asda is just around the corner. It’s been a while since the last time I fought in Cardiff. I can’t remember [when it was] but it means a lot to me to be back here.”
Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions, who are promoting the nine-fight show, have drafted in their hot prospect Conrad Cummings (8-0-1, 3KO) to stack the undercard of Lee Haskins’ first IBF world bantamweight title defence.
The unbeaten Irishman, whose record includes only one blemish – a draw, has excited fans with an all-action approach since turning professional two years ago. As an amateur, Cummings fought at an international standard but it’s a challenge that doesn’t faze Borg.
He said: “I’ve seen a few clips of him, not much but I watched him a bit. He’s very strong and he’s a big boy. I know he’s been in the WSB [World Series of Boxing], so they’re good boxers.
“I’m not worried about him, though. I’m coming to fight like I always do. I’m just looking forward to fighting and getting some action again.”
The six rounder extends a series of seriously well-matched fights that Borg has taken, including; now world rated contender Chris Eubank Jnr [L6TKO], former European champion Kerry Hope [W10Pts], old amateur opponent Chris Ware [L4Pts and L7TKO] and Ben Jack Davies [L9TKO]. It’s not been easy and Borg admitted that some around him did advise retirement.
He said: “People have told me not to box anymore because I’ve suffered a few knockouts and I got stopped in my last fight. They don’t want me going downhill and I understand that.
“Honestly though, my trainer [Tony Borg – uncle] sees me every day in the gym and the work I put in. I’m training hard and if I can beat this guy, it’ll open many doors and change the way people look at me.”
Despite recent defeats, Borg doesn’t want any easy touches as he attempts to regain momentum towards achieving his career aim – a British or Commonwealth title challenge. The orthodox operator was in contention for a shot when he was Welsh Area champion and feels a win against Cummings would put him in the picture for an eliminator of some sort.
Borg said: “This could be right back up the rankings. I think he [Cummings] is ranked number 12. The last fight I won was against Kerry Hope, so I need a win to put me right back in the mix.
“Lets be honest, I’m not expected to win this fight. It’s in my home city but I’ll probably be in the away corner, won’t I? I’m 36 next month, so there’s not much time for me. I’ll fight anyone because I’m not scared of anyone.”
Borg, who trains at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, is part of a busy part for the thriving gym. Stablemates Andrew Selby, Mitchell Buckland and Morgan Jones will also appear on the Spike TV and Channel 5 joint broadcast.
Hoping to make it a full house of four wins, he said: “I hate f****** losing. The last one, I schooled the guy [Ben Jack Davies]. Everything was against me, the referee was even warning me for landing body shots. I just got tired in the end.
“I should have won that fight but my trainer was happy with my performance, it was the best I’ve ever boxed but obviously, my legs went dead. I’ve been training flat out for months now and I train hard. They don’t expect me to win this fight, my trainer and team do and he believes in my boxing brain. That’s all I need.”