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Big fights on the horizon for Marco McCullough if he can shock Walsh

If Marco McCullough [17(10)-3(2)] can pull off a big shock tonight there could be even bigger fights on the horizon for him.

The Belfast featherweight is a 5/1 underdog ahead of his challenge for Ryan Walsh’s British title at the Copper Box in London.

The fight is the chief support bout for the Gervonta Davis v Liam Walsh IBF super featherweight world title.

McCullough is currently ranked #11 with the WBO and holds the body’s Inter-Continental belt. A win tonight would help the Ulsterman further position himself for a fight with champion Oscar Valdez, but Walsh’s promoter Frank Warren has some other suggestions.

The Hall of Fame promoter believes the winner of tonight’s contest could end up facing the current jewel in the Queensberry crown, Josh Warrington.

A mix-up earlier in the year saw McCullough announced to face the Leeds star, although this was quickly rectified and the massive ticket-seller would squeak past former IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez last weekend.

Should the Shankill man win tonight he may secure this lucrative fight date for real.

When asked about the possibility of a Walsh/McCullough v Warrington clash, Warren admitted that “there’s a big fight there to be made, we will see. Let’s see how this fight pans out.”

“The winner of this could actually wind up in the ring opposite Josh Warrington, no doubt about that.”

Looking forward to tonight’s battle, Warren noted how “on paper it’s a good quality fight.”

“Ryan, he doesn’t come to lose, he gives everything when he gets in the ring, he’s a very solid professional. He’s a quality operator”

“This fight, being the main support bout on the card, gives him the opportunity to get himself in a great position and take Marco’s Inter-Continental title”

“Marco, he’s not coming over here to make up the numbers. He’s tough, so is Ryan, it’s going to the irresistible force against the immovable object.”

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