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McCullagh is excited by his Golden chance

 

Tyrone McCullagh
Tyrone McCullagh
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Tyrone McCullagh says he will be ready to sparkle on Friday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green when the new Golden Tournament kicks off.

The quarter-final draw for the featherweight competition was made yesterday and McCullagh will face Mexican Carlos Araujo over 10 rounds. The winners of the four bouts will go on to the semi-final stage, while those who are defeated will also meet.

The unbeaten Derry man has moved up from super-bantamweight to featherweight for the tournament, believing that it can give his career a major boost as the overall winner will be guaranteed a six-figure purse for their subsequent bout.

"I think this is a great tournament for me. It means I will be kept busy because the tournament is wrapped up over a period of around nine months," said McCullagh, unconcerned about being drawn against Araujo, who has lost once in 16 bouts.

"It was going to be a tough fight no matter who you would fight so I'm happy and I'm looking forward to Friday night.

"This is just what I need, I want to be fighting top guys. Some fighters seem content with padding out unbeaten records but I feel there's too much emphasis on that - I want to test myself to see how far I can go."

McCullagh's former amateur rival David Oliver Joyce will, meanwhile, face Commonwealth champion Leigh Wood.

"It's a pleasure to get into the ring and show my class on Friday night - and that's what I am going to do," said Joyce.

The other quarter-finals see Jazza Dickens take on EU Champion Carlos Ramos, while British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh meets Hairon Socarras .

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