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All On The Line at the Waterfront Hall: Marc McCullough is tipped to be simply 'fantastic'

By David Kelly

Published 18/11/2015

Box clever: Marc McCullough needs a top-class display
Box clever: Marc McCullough needs a top-class display

Top coach John Breen says he expects to see "a fantastic" Marc McCullough at the Waterfront Hall on Friday night.

The Belfast featherweight has an opportunity to catapult himself back into championship contention when he clashes with Spain's Sergio Prado on the 'All On The Line' bill, which is headed by the vacant Celtic middleweight title clash between unbeaten Ulstermen Conrad Cummings and Fredo Meli.

McCullough was riding high and heading towards a European title shot until he suffered a shock first round loss to Hungarian journeyman Zoltan Kovacs in the summer, in Germany.

Last month he got back to winning ways with an easy victory but Prado will offer a much more serious test for the Shankill Road man.

Breen has made it clear to the 25-year-old that he expects McCullough to show his large band of supporters that he remains a fighter with the potential to challenge for domestic and international honours.

"Sergio Prado has a good name in Europe and he's also an aggressive fighter who just wants to come forward and have a fight so the fans are going to get an even better fight than if he had been facing Jon Slowey, the original opponent, who's more of a mover," said Breen.

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"Overall, Marc has been working very well. I think you're going to see a fantastic Marc McCullough on Friday night.

"A win here and then he's back in the top 10 in Europe and a British or Commonwealth featherweight title shot is a real possibility early in the New Year.

"Prado has proved himself at European level, he showed a lot of heart and toughness in a European title fight with Kid Galahad - but we'll see how he is after feeling the power of Marc."

Breen will also be in the corner of Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher who faces Tomas Bartunek of the Czech Republic, while Coalisland's Feargal McCrory meets Hungarian Zolt Schmidt in his debut.

Breen added: "I had wanted to see Paddy fight Matt Wilton but they didn't want it."

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