If McCullagh can’t beat English champ he will ‘take a long look at himself’

Tyrone McCullagh claims if he can’t account of Josh Kennedy then he will take stock of his career.

The Derry favourite got the step up he has long since desired when he took on fellow undefeated prospect Joe Ham on the Michael Conlan Homecoming card in June.

Having won that clash and claimed the BBBofC Celtic title super bantamweight has been handed another chance to impress and register a scalp of sorts.

With the Scottish champion accounted for ‘White Chocolate’ will now take on English champion and a second successive undefeated prospect on the Boxnation broadcast Titanic Exhibition hosted October 5 show.

The WBO European ranking belt will be on the line and it seems like another step up for the 27 year old, but he claims Kennedy shouldn’t trouble a fighter with his ambitions.

“I’ve seen a few clips of Kennedy and he seems big and strong but I’m very confident in my own ability. You have to beat these kind of lads if you want to make it to the top,” explained McCullagh.

“If I can’t beat Kennedy, I’m going to have to take a long, hard look at myself,” he added before commenting on his the chance to get a second pro title.

“The belt means a lot to me but boxers always want bigger and better belts. It’s great to have it on the line but the main thing is a big step up in opponent. I feel ready.

“Winning the Celtic title was an unbelievable feeling but it’s just a minor title in the grand scheme of things. In boxing, you always want more. When I was young, I thought I’d be happy with a national title but once I’d done that, I wanted more and more.

The southpaw will feature high up a card that looks set to be headlined by a heavyweight clash between Sean Turner and David Price and is hoping for a strong Derry turn out.

“I’m very lucky to have a great following from both Derry and Belfast. Everyone gets behind me when I fight and I’m very grateful for that.

“It should be a jam-packed arena and I’m relishing that. The atmosphere picks me up a level or two – I know that from the noise when I fought Joe Ham. There was no chance I wasn’t getting up!

“The noise carried me through the fight; especially in the later rounds. When you hear them, it really gives you a lift.”


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