Family Affair – Paul McCullagh ready to be a success in the family business

Paul McCullaugh [1(1)-0] is enjoying some home comforts as he goes about ensuring he is a success in the family business.

The Dave Coldwell managed light heavyweight moved back to Belfast from the sunny climes of Lanzarote were he was learning under Jonathan O’Brien.

The young prospect now trains in the gym once bossed by his late grandfather and is working under the guidance of his father Paul and uncle Sean in a gym that holds the family name.

‘The Irish Drago’ is happy to be home and believes he is benefiting from tapping into the family knowledge.

“I’m feeling good and strong,” he told Irish-boxing.com.

“I am happy being around my family again. It’s amazing after going through such hard times the last few years things are going great.

“Things are working well in the gym. My father is the main coach we’ve been training and working hard together every day. My uncle also has very good knowledge of boxing and has been involved. He has the experience of working with a lot professional fighters and their camps over the years. He has also worked and learned alongside my grandfather, it’s a good mix.”

McCullagh fights for the second time since turning over on the MTK Fight Night this coming Saturday.

The Belfast man managed to stop Ben Thomas last time out but the fighter billed as a big punching prospect isn’t concerned with maintain a knocout out start.

The former Ulster amateur heavyweight champion is just focused on defeating Antony Woolery [2(0)-3(1)] who was stopped by Isaac Chamberlain last time out.

“I never look past any opponent I am fighting. Woolery is a game opponent, he has been in with good fighters and he comes to fight. It’s a good test for me. I’ve worked hard this camp and I’m excited to get fighting. I’ve got nothing less than a win in my head and I want to enjoy the night’s work.”

Longer term the fighter who has only known pandemic fighting can’t wait to get out in front of a home crowd.

“I’m hoping to get out infront of a warm and loving Belfast crowd that would be magical.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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