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Lights out: Marco McCullough lands a big right hand on Declan Geraghty as he captures the IBF European title
Lights out: Marco McCullough lands a big right hand on Declan Geraghty as he captures the IBF European title
Sean McComb

By David Mohan

Marco McCullough claimed the vacant IBF European super-featherweight title with a stunning knockout victory over Declan Geraghty at the Ulster Hall last night.

It was a monster right hand from the Belfast man who has now won all four of his all-Irish derbies to close the show in a fight that just seemed to be coming to life.

This was make or break for both men, but McCullough pulled out the win when it mattered to claim a victory that can reignite his career.

It was a close first round with McCullough making Geraghty miss although shots were getting through as a welt appeared over the Shakill man's right eye.

That grew in the second as again, both men looked for openings, but they weren't plentiful with it being another tough round to score.

A clash of heads in the third opened a over Geraghty's eye in the third as the action became a little more heated, but just as Geraghty thought he was having joy, he walked onto that monster of a right that proved decisive as he was down and out after.

"I just felt it as soon as I hit him that it was a great shot," said McCullough.

"It's funny, but he caught me with a body shot earlier in the round and I really felt it, but I just walked him onto that one lovely and finished it.

"It was a massive fight for me and I knew I had to win. I'm just happy I did."

Sean McComb produced another ruthless performance as he blasted through Miroslav Serban in just 72 seconds to improve to 7-0.

McComb hurt Serban early and pounced on him immediately, forcing the contest to be waved over as he now looks to target a title shot before the year is out.

"I trained for eight, hard rounds, but once I saw the opportunity I took it," he said after.

"This was live on ESPN in the States so I knew I had the chance to catch promoters' eyes there. I will be out in the Feile (August 3) so I want to push on now if the opportunity comes."

Dee Sullivan began his professional career with an excellent 40-36 points win over Pawel Strykowski at cruiserweight.

The former Emerald ABC amateur boxed brilliantly, working off his jab and setting up right hooks that did seem to be getting to the Pole, but the durability of the away fighter saw him through in the end.

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