Gary Cully wants to “shut up” Team Metcalfe – open to fight on Burnett undercard

Naas stylist Gary Cully believes he is the best lightweight in the country and wants to start proving it already.

Cully [1(1)-0] made an impressive debut in Belfast at the weekend, stopping Hungarian Gyula Tallosi in just 42 seconds, and is already back in camp for his second pro fight.

The MTK southpaw features on the Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena on Saturday October 21st, and he has what he sees as the perfect opponent in mind.

Before his debut Cully had called for a fight with fellow prospect Aiden Metcalfe [1(0)-0] – with the Dubliner seeming agreeable and his manager Stephen Sharpe refusing to rule it out – and the Kildare fighter admits the match-up remains one he would like.

When asked about the call-out by, Cully outlined how he wants to prove that he is Ireland’s best fighter at the weight.

“I’d fight him for free just to shut up Boxing Ireland [Metcalfe’s management],” he said.

“I want to be known as the best lightweight in the country. There are other lads out there being called that ”

“If you want to call a guy the best lightweight in Ireland you should fight me and see what happens.”


Weight could perhaps be an issue, with Metcalfe planning on campaigning at super featherweight (130lbs). However, Cully’s current placement at lightweight (135lbs) is more in anticipation of the 21 year old ‘filling out’ in the coming years – indeed Cully weighed 136lbs for his debut, with the weigh-in taking place just hours before the fight.

In terms of the fight himself, Cully believes that the pair’s respective debuts this month give an indication on how things would pan out.

Seven days before Cully’s explosive debut, 22 year old Metcalfe came through a four-round war with tough Pole Damian Lawniczak, claiming a 39-38 points win.

The Pete Taylor-trained Cully reasoned that “his fight last weekend, I didn’t see it, but I heard he beat a journeyman by a point. What did I do to a journeyman?”

“I believe the journeyman I fought would beat him.”

“Look, I’ve fought Aiden many times as an amateur and he never gave me any trouble”

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