Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Boxing: Marc McCullough aiming to seize big chance

Marc McCullough (right) has British title ambitions

Marc McCullough is eager to show that he deserves an opportunity to fast-track up the British featherweight rankings when he returns to the ring tonight.

Shankill Road man McCullough has struggled to remain active but promoter Alan Wilton will hand him his second fight in four weeks at the Ulster Hall when he takes on 20-year-old Bulgarian Valentin Marinov, who has a record of four wins, one defeat and one draw.

McCullough, 22, has bagged three wins and a solitary — highly controversial — defeat and manager John Breen believes that with the right competition he can quickly rise into title contention.

“It’s great that Marc is getting out again so soon and all being well I want to see him moving on for an eight rounder in his next fight,” said Breen.

“He’s a talented guy but he just hasn’t been given the breaks. But I’m very confident that if given the chance he will step up and show people what he’s made of.

“He can punch hard with either hand and he’s developing into a good professional.

“This guy on Saturday night has a good record so it should make for a good fight... I hope Marc shows the Ulster Hall fans that he can be one to follow.”

It is also an important night for Stevie Quinn jnr who is back on home soil after having three wins in Panama.

Trained by Panamanian Bernardo Checa, Quinn took the advice of the top coach and headed out to his homeland to get experience and it certainly paid off. Tomorrow night the unbeaten bantam meets Tibor Meszaros of Hungary.

Paul Quinn — no relation — makes his debut against another Magyar, Ignac Kassai.

Meanwhile, promoter Wilton is seeking another opponent for son Luke who was expected to box Mexican Danny Flores.

Willie Thompson’s Irish light-middleweight title fight with champion Lee Murtagh now tops the bill.

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