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McCullough is ready to step up to next level

Marco McCullough v Isaac Lowe

By David Kelly

Published 27/02/2016

Squaring up: Marc McCullough and Isaac Lowe
Squaring up: Marc McCullough and Isaac Lowe

Top coach John Breen believes Marc McCullough will take his career to the next level by landing the Commonwealth featherweight title at the Manchester Arena tonight.

Tyson Fury's cousin Isaac Lowe stands in the way of the popular Belfast featherweight McCullough who is hoping that victory can lead to European and World title fights over the next two years.

McCullough has been sparring with Celtic featherweight champion Anthony Cacace in preparation for Lowe and Breen has no doubt he is ready to give a first-rate display before 19,000 fans.

Breen said: "I think Marc is in a different class to this guy. Marc has fought better fighters than he has and he has the better boxing skills. He's been working really well in the gym and it's probably as good as I've seen him coming up to a fight.

"He has done some great work in developing his jab, his defence is better and the sparring he has had with Anto Cacace has been great. Marc has good power and even Anto said that he could feel the power in his shots.

"This is a very big night for him. He had a tough loss last summer when everything around that fight was a nightmare but there can be no excuses this time.

"I'm expecting him to go and be smart and do the business and then hopefully we can start targeting a European title fight or a fight with Josh Warrington of Leeds, who is highly ranked in the world."

McCullough added: "Lowe is certainly sounding confident, he made that clear at the press conference but I feel I am ready to give my best."

Also on the bill is Coalisland's Conrad Cummings who has an eight-rounder with Victor Garcia of France. Cummings returns to the ring after his Celtic middleweight title draw with Alfredo Meli at the Waterfront Hall and should get back to winning ways.

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