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Bill topping title fight with American prospect may cull Cully’s Rabei hopes

Victor Rabei [8(2)-0] is that keen to fight he would have no problem sharing the ring with Gary Cully [10(5)-0] and putting a potential American breakthrough on hold.

The BUI Celtic title holder was name dropped by the Irish lightweight champion last week. Cully wants a Paul Hyland Jr [20(7)-2(2)] clash this summer, but would be happy to fight Rabei if that couldn’t be made.

Indeed, he has suggested he would stop the Moldovan Dub.

Rabei, who via lock down and injury hasn’t fought in over a year, is so desperate to fight he has no issue going to Belfast to trade leather.

However, he has just signed a three year deal with American promotional outfit Star and has agreed to fight undefeated Californian prospect Anthony Laureano [13(4)-0] next.

The fact the Laureano clash is a dangerous bill topping title fight means his team may prevent him from playing his part in an exciting all Irish affair.

“At this stage I’m interested in every fight. I haven’t fought in a year so trying to get out as soon as I can,” Rabei, who twice saw his American debut fall through, told Irish-boxing.com when asked about Cully.

That intriguing match up looks unlikely despite Rabei’s keenness to fight because the Star clash may happen as soon as September.

“I’ve got a main event title fight against Anthony Loreano set out for whenever we’re allowed fight again,” Rabei adds.

“I was speaking to my promoter and we’re hoping to be out in September behind closed doors. This fight will slingshot me back to where I belong. So I’m really looking forward to getting back in the ring.”

The 26-year-old Steven O’Rourke trained light welter also confirmed that his future remains Stateside.

“America is set in stone for me. I’ve got a 3 year contract with Star Boxing. They have a plan for me, so I’ll train and be ready for whenever they call,” he continues before discussing training at home.

“I’m actually doing alright. I’ve got a fully equipped gym at home, so I’m always in it. I’m keeping as busy as I can. But I’m missing the lads and Steve. Training at home is good, but now where near the quality of when you’re in the gym with your coach.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com