Cory Cummings has graduated into the top ten of North American light heavyweights as he defeated Yusef Mack, which may very well be Mack’s last professional bout. Cummings had hit a recent lull in boxing, not recording a win since stopping Demetrius Davis in 2009. Cummings has been known for being a tough out and has been used as a gauge for top level prospects.
“I thought Yusef Mack had a good gameplan, real crafty guy, I give a lot of respect for getting in the ring with me, but I trained for this, you know? I had top sparring for his particular style, whatever he was coming with we had a game plan A, B, and C,” said a jovial Cory Cummings back stage.
For Cummings this marks the biggest win of his career and could parlay into a bigger fight in a very shallow division that simply reads as the following: Sergey Kovalev, Bernard Hopkins, Adonis Stevenson and Jean Pascal. The rest of the division is somewhat met with shoulder shrugs meaning that one or two wins next year on Friday Night Fights could even put him in the spot for a title eliminator.
Cummings who floored Mack in the first round, on the way to a dominant win, explained that the win was nice, but it still doesn’t mean anything. “I didn’t get the gold yet. The ultimate prize is to win that world title, so [Mack] was just in the way of me trying to get what I want,” said Cummings as he eyes a title shot in the near future.
As for the medical suspension Cummings suffered from the fight in which he was suspended for 60 days, Cummings took an optimistic attitude. “It just means more time to train, look at my mistakes, so I can be sharper and better for my next fight.” This suspension essentially places Cummings return to the ring at early 2015 and rules out any chance of return to the ring at any point this year.