Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Marc McCullough happy to be in the spotlight

Marc McCullough
Marc McCullough

Marc McCullough finds himself the centre of attention as he looks ahead to the most important fight of his career on June 20 – and he likes the feeling.

Featherweight McCullough has solidly developed his career over the past 12 months, a victory over European super-bantamweight champion Willie Casey the highlight.

Last month on the undercard of Carl Frampton's victory over Hugo Cazares, McCullough was to have bagged the vacant European WBO featherweight title only for his opponent to fail his scans. Now the 24-year-old has a tough assignment against unbeaten Martin Parlagi and instead of being down the bill he is the main attraction.

"It's a little strange because normally Carl is the one getting all the attention, but now this is my time to shine," said exciting prospect McCullough.

"I think it's quite exciting to be the headliner, it shows the faith that Barry McGuigan and the team have in me and I'm ready to fight whoever they want me too.

"People are starting to talk a lot more about me and there's talk of some big fights but I know that I'm still a bit of novice – I've only boxed 30 rounds.

"The support I've been getting around my area has been great for my last two fights and I hope that will now develop because the more people back me the easier it will be for me to get bigger fights.

"Like any boxer I've always dreamed about topping my own show and now the chance has come and I intend to grab the opportunity.

"I feel that I'm learning all the time in the gym and I expect Parlagi to bring out the best in me on June 20."

The double title show also features Coalisland's Conrad Cummings, who will have a six-rounder as he seeks to move towards the goal set by manager Barry McGuigan.

"We have set Conrad the target of getting into the top 10 of the British middleweights by the end of the year and we know with this guy that is achievable," said McGuigan.

Hard hitting Cummings has been sparring with some of the best in the middle and super-middle division and insists he has handled it quite convincingly.

Cummings said: "I can't wait to get out again. I've been sparring some very good guys, some of the best in Britain and I've gone very well with them. I'm right up there – I'm beating some of these guys up. I'm keeping my feet on the ground and I'll keep pushing forward. I feel that I could fight the likes of Anthony Fitzgerald right now. I have a lot to learn, but a fight with him down the line for the Irish title would be great.

World class Isaac Dogboe, who has been sparring Frampton, will also be on the card.

* TICKETS (£30, £40 and £60) go on sale from the Waterfront Hall today: 028 90 334455.

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