Gary Cully given big test on Belfast bill

Gary Cully [2(2)-0] has been handed a short-notice, early-career test on tomorrow night’s big ‘Frampton Reborn’ bill in Belfast.

The Naas lightweight fights for the third time as a pro, in a second successive appearance at the SSE Odyssey Arena, and has tonight learnt that he will face a much larger opponent with a winning record.

Initially due to face veteran Syrian journeyman Youssef al-Hamidi, a late switch now means that Cully will face English welterweight Kane Baker [4(0)-1(0)].

The Birmingham 27 year old built a 4-0 record in his local area before taking a big fight with Matchroom’s Conor Benn in September. In this fight, at the York Hall in London,Baker aggressively attacked Benn from the off, looking for a career-changing shock, but was eventually stopped in the second round.

The fight has been made at 145lbs, and Baker will most likely have at least a half a stone on Cully, who weighed in this afternoon at 136lbs.

A game, bigger opponent coming to win, it’s another step up for 21 year old Cully who last month scored a statement stoppage of Josh Thorne.

The four-round fight looks to be one of the highlights of the early undercard of the Queensberry alongside Tommy McCarthy v Blaise Mendouo and Marco McCullough v Josh Baillie.

Photoo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


Joe O'Neill

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