Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Win could see Marc McCullough fast-tracked towards British title: Barry McGuigan

Boxer Marc McCullough pictured at his home on the Shankill estate in west Belfast.

The last time Marc McCullough was on a Carl Frampton bill, in October, he was in the fight of the night. Don't be surprised if it happens again on Friday evening at the Odyssey Arena.

Cyclone Promotions boss Barry McGuigan was clearly impressed with what he witnessed as the Shankill Road featherweight wore down and stopped former European champion Willie Casey in their vacant Irish featherweight title fight. McGuigan has since signed him up and placed him in a good test with Belarussian Andrei Isaeu for the vacant WBO European featherweight title.

McCullough remains a professional novice, but former World champion McGuigan insists the 24-year-old can be fast-tracked up the featherweight ladder.

McGuigan said: "This is a tough fight for Marc, this guy has been in with some good fighters and went the distance with Rendall Munroe, but I believe that Marc can wear him down in the later rounds.

"He has to get past this guy and then we will see what happens, but on Monday morning I hope to be speaking to Robert Smith of the British Boxing Board of Control and Simon Block about where they see Marc being placed in terms of the British and Commonwealth titles.

"The Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington was a fight that we wanted and I asked his manager about it, but the conversation didn't go anywhere so I think that speaks for itself.

"Marc is a very talented lad, a tough guy and over the next 12 months I want to see him moving quickly.

"He has the height to be a super-featherweight as well so there's a lot to work on, but I would say that after three or four more fights he would be ready for Lee Selby who is seen as the best in Britain.

"Marc delivers some very hard body shots that can do damage to anybody, but I would like to see him box a bit more intelligently, to be smarter in the ring.

"Because he has power and he likes a fight and has the courage he has the attitude 'I'm just going to walk all over you and break you down,' but to move up the levels you need to be smart as well and that will come with Marc as he gains a bit more experience.

"Now he and Jamie have signed with us we're going to be giving the fans exciting, regular proper professional shows which allow the guys to build their careers.

"I have always wanted to have regular bills here so we can give the local fighters home advantage rather than having to travel all the time."

Meanwhile, light-welterweight Paul Hyland has turned professional with Mark Dunlop on the back of making the final of the Ulster Elite Championships and will make his debut on May 10 at the Devonish Arms.

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