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Amateur star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful turns pro

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One of the hottest prospects in Irish boxing and a Tokyo 2020 contender has made the decision to turn professional.

Lightweight Gary Cully has this afternoon been confirmed to be turning pro with immediate effect.

The Naas boxer has signed a management deal with MTK Global.

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A glittering underage career saw Cully claim six national titles and European Youth gold in 2013 – as well as the Haringey Box Cup title and Best Boxer award last year.

In the 2016 Elite Senior Championships (held in 2015), the Lilywhite was edged out on a split decision by eventual winner and Rio Olympian Davey Oliver Joyce, who has also since signed with MTK.

Cully, who stands at a frankly ridiculous 6’2″, was viewed as one of, if not the favourite for the 2017 Elite Seniors, but was forced to pull out due to a hand injury.

The 21 year old was highly rated in the amateur set-up, but has elected to ditch the vest in search of pro glory instead.

MTK commented that “Gary has incredible talent and he has proved that throughout his time in the amateurs. We firmly believe that he has the ability to replicate that success and to surpass it in the lightweight division”

A debut date for Cully will be announced in the near future.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie