AFTER an action war of attrition with Martin Parlagi as recent June, in which Marco McCullough got up of the floor to win, there were suggestions the Belfast featherweight prospect might not appear on the massive Titanic Showdown.
Said immediate post fight suggestions were quickly shot down by the fighter himself, there was no way he was going to miss fighting on the undercard of the biggest fighting occasion ever to come to Belfast.
However, considering he received a cut worthy of 8 stitches and came through such a brawl the Irish and WBO European champion would have be forgiven for taking a more ‘routine’ opponent come September 6.
McCullough, however goes straight from the toughest fight of his career to the toughest test of his career according to John Breen his coach. The popular Belfast puncher takes on World champion Dmitry Kirillov, but Breen has ever confidence his fighter will pass with flying colours.
The respected Belfast trainer believes fight fans have yet to see the best of McCullough and gym mate Jamie Conla, but believes both will show their class on the Titanic Showdown card.
“They are both in fantastic shape and they are ready to prove to everyone how good they are,” he told the Belfast Newsletter.
“Both lads have still loads left in their lockers and they are just getting better and better and boxing fans will see how good they are on September 6,” he said before commenting on McCullough’s bout.
“He is a good fighter and you have to have talent to win a World title – they don’t hand them out.
“He was trained by Freddie Roach and he does not take anybody on board. I have watched him a few times and he is a good operator.
“This will be Marc’s hardest fight to date – but he is ready for this.”