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Confident Gary Cully puts Kambosos, Haney, Davis and co on Notice

Gary Cully plans to force none other George Kambosos Jr into a corner before the year is out, provided the Australian still holds lightweight world titles.

The Kildare lightweight takes a huge step up when he faces former world champion Miguel Vasquez on the massive Leigh Wood – Michael Conlan card this weekend – and is confident he will make an impression on a wider audience.

In fact, he believes it will kick start the next phase of his career and put him on a course for the undisputed champion of a weight division packed with global names.

As the man with the belts, the Australian – who became one of the biggest names in boxing when he dethroned the man [Teofimo Lopez] who beat the man [Vasyl Lomachenko] – is the Pete Taylor trained fighter main target.

Cully [13(7)-0] is aware there will have to be pawn or two taken first – but every move is made with eventually being able to declare checkmate on the lightweight king – whoever that may be at the time – in mind.

Vasquez has top be toppled first and, if that’s achieved, the Sarto southpaw wants to progress to fights that will see him secure world title mandatory status and a shot at whoever holds the belts.

If he wins in Nottingham on Saturday he plans to “get back in the gym and get up the world rankings and get maybe a world title eliminator next.”

“If not the next fight, the fight after that for sure. By the end of the year I wanna be in a mandatory position for one of the world titles, with one of the big names be it Devin Haney, George Kambosos, Gervonta Davis.”

The stylist has already done his homework and has ideas on what names provide the quickest passage to a strap.

Cully believes he is high-end ready but knows enough about the business to know, he has to prove he is world title shot worthy to the powers that be and has go create a fan appetite for a fight between him and one of the elite names.

“I’d like to fight the likes of a Javier Fortuna, Jojo Diaz, Maxi Hughes, all these big names that are in the lightweight division.

“I think I need one more, not because I’m not ready just because I probably haven’t earned my shot yet.”

They may seem bold claims from a fighter who has yet to fight an established Top 25 fighter but he will tick that box and more on Saturday night. Indeed he notes how calling for big fights perhaps slightly before ‘your time’ is a part of the sport.

“I see Ryan Garcia calling for the Kambosos fight, he’s done a bit more than me but he’s not earned the shot yet.

“Now I feel like I’m ready [for the big names/world champions].”

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