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McCullough aims to get back to winning ways

 

By Steve Wellings

Marc McCullough is looking to get his career back on track with a win at the Devenish tomorrow evening. McCullough was last seen competing for the British featherweight title in London, but was stopped in round 11 by classy champion Ryan Walsh.

Even though his coach Charlie Toland advised against taking the fight, the Belfast man decided it was worth the risk and travelled across for the challenge.

"He didn't want me to take the Walsh fight, but these opportunities don't come along all the time and you have to take them, so I talked him round in the end," said McCullough.

"I had picked up a few bad habits over the years and Charlie wanted longer to work them out. We have things we've worked on in the gym. I'll now be ticking over, keeping active, waiting for another big chance to turn up and I'll be ready when it does."

McCullough boxes under the ubiquitous MTK banner and says that it's back to business as usual in their new surroundings.

Training camp has been raised a level with some intense sparring sessions.

"The gym has just moved on to the Ormeau Road but we are all settled in now," he said.

"Training has gone well and I've had some great sparring against Anto Upton, who's a tough welterweight, and Paul Hyland Jnr - so good work against bigger guys. It's all about getting the rounds."

This will be McCullough's first time boxing in the Devenish, but he was there to see former stablemate Derek Potter make his debut in 2014.

"It seems like a nice venue to box in," he said.

"I've been around a few years now so I'm used to last minute opponents and weighing in late."

Light-heavyweight Steven Ward will also get another bout under his belt. The Monkstown man had been scheduled to box on the big Carl Frampton SSE headliner at the end of July, but when that show was cancelled he had to look elsewhere.

Tyrone McCullagh will be hoping for a happy return to the Devenish after defeating Michael Barnor at the Finaghy venue in February. 'White Chocolate' has a title shot on his mind and a win over Spanish-based Ecuadorian Jefferson Vargas could push the Derry man closer to realising that ambition.

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