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McCullough one step away from shot at British champion

By David Kelly

Belfast man Marc McCullough will challenge Ryan Walsh for the British featherweight title on May 20 at the CopperBox Arena in London, assuming that he is victorious at the Waterfront Hall tomorrow night.

McCullough, who faces Nicaragua's Leonel Hernandez, is currently ranked 10 in the WBO and eager to clinch a world title shot by the end of the year.

The 27-year-old's career was in the mire this time last year when he was stopped by Isaac Lowe in a Commonwealth title fight but bounced back in November with a WBO European title victory.

"I can't look past this fight, he's a big strong guy who has been the distance with Anthony Cacace and Kiko Martinez so that tells you a lot about him," said McCullough.

"I have to get the job done and then focus on Walsh. That's a great fight for me and the way the division is at the moment there are a lot of big fights to be made.

"I would love to have a re-match with Lowe to put the record straight.

"The Commonwealth title has become vacant because Lowe hadn't defended it and he's now fighting for the European title," he said. "Then you have Josh Warrington who is fighting Kiko and a fight between me and Warrington has been talked about for a long time."

Meanwhile, Tony Bellew has suggested that he will not have a re-match after stopping former World champion David Haye.

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