MARC McCullough took less than 30 seconds to agree to take on the toughest fight of his career.
The Belfast featherweight and Irish super featherweight champion fights Martin Parlagi for the vacant WBO European title on the top of the Waterfront Brawl June 20 show.
With an impressive amateur career- the Slovakian was a 2008 European quarter finalist and two time AIBA World Championship contestant- and a pro record of 8 knockouts from 14 fights, seven of which came within the first round, Parlagi was certainly a foe worthy of some consideration.
However, McCullough isn’t one for deliberation and after pining for title fights and progress tests the Breen’s Gym puncher wasn’t going to rebuff the offer.
Trainer John Breen revealed the fighter, who holds a win over Willie Casey, accepted the fight within 28 seconds.
“Last week when I got the call about this fighter who was 14-0 I said no problem. I asked for the name to be sent through to me and I told Marc I would pass it on to him. I told Marc there is a You Tube clip of the lad and asked him to have a look at him and get back to me. I text through the name and 28 seconds later he text back ‘NP’. No Problem! That is confidence and that is the mind set of this kid,” Breen said.
It is a mindset that Cyclone Promotions CEO Barry McGuigan likes and one that he believes more fighters should have.
“That is great from a promoters point of view. The problem with fighters nowadays is the have a look at a record and say ‘i am not sure’. This kid would fight anybody. I am convinced he will be to good for Parlagi, but a lot of guys would see the record and say no,” said McGuigan.
“That is the difference with Mark he is happy to take these fights. He is confident in his abilty. It will be a competitive fight, but it is a fight he can win.”
One fighter McCullough would like to fight and one both promoter and coach believe is a possible match up is Martin Lindsay.
Lindsay faces Josh Warrington for the Commonwealth title on May 21 in May, Breen believes if the ‘Mac Man’ is at 100 percent capacity going into the bout he will have too much for the Leeds puncher.
And if he claims the title Breen stresses McCullough would love to make an all Belfast domestic title fight.
“I didn’t see Martin Lindsay the other night (in the Devinish on Saturday. I don’t think Warrington is anything special, but he is a fit kid and I think that’s the only way he beats Martin.
“Lindsay is different class to this kid, but you would worry about Martin’s inactivity. If Martin is not 100 percent Warrington will beat him. If Lindsay comes through and defends it then we would be up for that, depending what Barry wants to do. It is definitely a fight Mark wants.”