Marc McCullough out to make title impact on undercard
Marc McCullough has been handed a golden opportunity to take his career to another level when he fights on the undercard of Carl Frampton's World super-bantamweight title unification clash with Scott Quigg on February 27 at the Manchester Arena.
The popular Shankill Road man will meet Morecambe's Isaac Lowe for the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title.
McCullough knows that an impressive victory would push him into the top domestic 9st mix, which includes IBF World champion Lee Selby and undefeated Leeds man Josh Warrington - the former Commonwealth and European champion.
Having suffered a shock loss last summer, McCullough has returned with two victories under the guidance of manager John Breen and Cyclone Promotions who are co-promoting the Frampton-Quigg clash, which is pay-per-view on Sky as well as being shown coast-to-coast on American cable network Showtime.
"This is just what I wanted to kick off 2016. A win over Lowe could set up a huge year for me," said 26-year-old McCullough, who works full-time with Randox Health.
"To be boxing on Sky Box Office on the same bill as Carl's fight with Quigg is just fantastic - it's the perfect stage for me to show a big UK audience just what I can do.
"If ever there was a fight to open the doors to really big fights then this is it.
"Isaac is a talented lad but I have boxed at a higher level and I'm one hundred per cent confident that I will be walking away with that Commonwealth belt on February 27.
"My uncle Tommy Waite won the Commonwealth bantamweight title in Manchester 16 years ago and I can't wait to emulate him.
"I have boxed in front of massive crowds before against former World champions. Isaac hasn't, and it's this experience that will prove the difference on the night.
"It's going to feel like home because so many are heading over to support Carl."
English champion Lowe, who turns 22 this week, believes he'll stop the Belfast man.
Lowe said: "Marc has had a good career, he's a strong puncher - but he's hittable and beatable.
"He's been knocked out twice and on my day I beat him all day long.
"He is my toughest test so far, but as we've seen with my past two fights, the better opposition, the better I perform.
"I'm expecting him to give everything he's got - but I'm confident I will weather the storm and emerge victorious.
"If the Irish boo me, so be it. I will feed off that and perform even better. Remember, there will be 10,000 screaming fans from the North West, so we will do our best to drown them out.
"I want to prove to everyone in Britain that I am world class."
East Belfast man Luke Wilton has also been confirmed as part of the bill, taking on unbeaten Charlie Edwards in a final eliminator for the British flyweight title.
Edwards said: "Luke has been around for a while and has had a lot more fights than I have, so I am expecting a tough night, but I am on a roll and I feel unstoppable.
"I fully expect to put in a great performance in Manchester."