Gary Cully [2(2)-0] wowed Eddie Hearn when he opened the Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov show in style last month at the SSE Odyssey Arena, and now he wants to do the same for Frank Warren at the same venue this weekend.
The Kildare lightweight mate sure Matchroom boss Hearn was sitting ringside early on in the night last month to witness Cully dominate and stop the very durable Josh Thorne. The English promoter congratulated Cully immediately afterwards and positively mentioned the youngster in post-show interviews.
21 year old Cully now features on the Queensberry ‘Frampton Reborn’ show this Saturday, and has jokingly told Warren to take a look at him before it’s too late.
“My message to Frank is get to me before Eddie gets there first,” laughed Cully when speaking to Irish-Boxing.com ahead of his four rounder on the undercard.
“Ah no, I just hope Frank gets a chance to watch me the same as Eddie did.”
“I’m looking to put on a good performance and impress these guys, so I just hope he’s watching and I’ll show my message in the ring .”
It’s a third fight in three months for the 2013 European Youth gold medalist who has had a perfect introduction to the pros since his shock announcement during the Summer.
Indeed it has gone better than the Naas boxer had hoped, and he reflected on how “I didn’t really know what to expect , but I couldn’t be happier with how the first couple of months of my career have went. I’ve been really looked after and everything’s going great.”
“I obviously had the perfect debut back in September, bringing all my friends and family to Belfast and winning via first round knockout, then I had the huge Burnett bill last month on Sky Sports where I got another stoppage against a tough durable guy, and now I’ve got my third fight in three months on possibly the biggest bill Ireland’s ever seen, I couldn’t be happier.”
Three fights in their first twelve months would be a fairly normal return for Irish prospects turning over, and MTK’s Cully has been a lot busier than most While he’s taking it in his stride, Saturday looks likely to be his final fight of 2017.
Cully noted how “I’m working really hard in the gym and learning every day and it’s all paying off for me.”
“I’m not feeling the pace at all, I’m loving it to be honest, being kept so busy. I always stay fit and ready to fight anyway so I’m glad to be out so often and building my profile on these big cards.”
“Of course these tough camps have a toll on your body though so I’m sure I’ll be glad to have a little rest after this one.”
Aside from the sheer frequency of dates, appearances on two big arena shows so early on in the career of an unsigned boxer is very rare. While lots build their records in smaller venues on lower-profile cards, Cully is getting an instant taste of the big time.
The Sarto southpaw would like to keep it that way, although he appreciates the need for the small hall scene.
“Of course I’d love to get more,” said Cully. “These are huge shows to be on and I think every boxer in the country would love to be on these shows.”
“Like I’ve said before, I feel the bigger the occasion the better I will be, so keep the big ones coming.”
“That’s not taking anything away from the small halls, I believe they play a vital part in every professional boxer’s career, to build records and to learn so they’re also important. Even the best fighters in the world have fought on small hall shows starting out, they’re massively important – but I’m loving the big stage at the minute.”
Cully is yet to learn who he will face on Saturday, but the Pete Taylor-trained fighter is keen for a game opponent.
The rangey stylist outlined how “Yeah Thorne was a good test last time out, and like I said before I’m always looking to learn and always looking to test myself so I can improve.”
“Each opponent brings something different to the table so there’s no room for complacency you always need to be on your game, but I’m looking to step up in class in opponent every time I fight.”
“I want guys who come to fight and come to win to show my class and how good I am, and start picking up titles .
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