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Tyrone confident of staying on Lonsdale belt course

By David Kelly

Tyrone McCullagh looks out on the British super-bantamweight horizon and believes he can be challenging for the Lonsdale belt within 12 months.

The Derry man, trained by Gerry Storey jnr at the Holy Family club in Belfast, has clocked up four straight wins in two years and now wants to accelerate into title contention. At the Europa Hotel tonight, McCullagh should make it a fifth victory when he meets Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez in his first six rounder.

A European bronze medallist, the 26-year-old admits that he has had to work hard on tweaking his style for the professional business which has seen him pick up the moniker White Chocolate.

"Tommy McCarthy called me it after I called him Black Magic and it just stuck," said McCullagh, who expects a good test against Tellez. "This guy has been in with Josh Warrington who's heading towards a World title fight as well as Stuey Hall, another world-class operator.

"I'm just focused on doing a good job and then it's about getting more experience and moving on to eight rounders and I want to be fighting for the British title by the end of next year.

"When I look at the super-bantamweight division in Britain I am confident of moving into British title level.

"It has taken me some time to adjust to the pro game, tweaking my style which I've had to do a lot. I need to sit down on my punches more and so I have more power and that is coming together."

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