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From Awkward to Aggressive- McCullagh claims he had no option but to change style

Tyrone McCullagh is ready to continue his transition from awkward to aggressive when he trades leather at the Europa Hotel on February 6.

The Derry City native was always down as a hard to hit nuisance of an opponent as an amateur, but has been something of a seek and destroy native since he turned over late last year.

It’s early days against journey opposition, but the 25 year old super bantamweight prospect has two second round KO’s to his name.

McCullagh claims he feels big and strong at the weight and feels that may have played a part, but admits he had no option but to be more aggressive when he changed code.

“I think with the style I had as an amateur I had no choice but to become that bit more aggressive when I turned over.

“I’m still working on it and I have a good way to go, but it’s coming along and the two knock out wins show that. I feel big and strong for a superbantam weight,” he added that he isn’t overly concerned with the manner of victory once his hand is raised post fight.

“If the KO’s keep coming I’ll not complain but I’m just happy to keep getting the wins for now.”

‘White Chocolate’ takes on a yet to be confirmed opponent on the ‘Elimination’ dinner show, but is expecting a step up in class.

“Nothing definite yet, but I do know it’ll be a step up in class and my opponent will have a winning positive record.”

A fight so early in 2016 is a big positive for the Steve Goodwin promoted fighter and apart form wanting the winner of the massive Frampton versus Quigg clash McCullagh wants a busy year.

“Steve and I both agree if I get the win in the Europa on the 6th then the obvious next fight is the winner of Frampton vs Quigg,” joked the Derry man.

“But seriously I think the plan is just too stay busy this year, get the wins up and get up the rankings which will hopefully set up a big 2017.”


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