Marco McCullough (14-2) looks to emulate his uncle Tommy Waite on the 27th February in Manchester when he takes on Englishman Isaac Lowe (11-0-1) for the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title on the Frampton v Quigg undercard.
The “Westgate Warrior” Lowe is coming of the back of a couple of impressive performances in English title fights against Jamie Speight (W TKO 9) and top prospect Ryan Doyle (Split Decision draw) at the back end of last year. Indeed McCullough himself ended 2016 strongly with victories over Sergejs Loggins (1st rd TKO) and former European Champ Sergio Prado (PTS)which saw the Belfast man put his shock KO defeat to Zoltan Kovacs in Germany earlier in the year, firmly behind him.
Both fighters will be eager to please and continue their upward trajectory on such a global stage in what is undoubtibly the biggest domestic event of the year – with the winner possibly going on to fight for the British featherweight title later this year, perhaps against Belfast’s James Tennyson who challenges Ryan Walsh for the belt in April.
While the Morecame man is technically the ‘away’ fighter going into the bout, Lowe is a slight favourite with the bookies and is expected to give McCullough the toughest test of his career.
Ahead of the bout, we spoke to the 22 year-old to find out his thoughts leading up to the title clash.
Q. How has camp been so far?
A. Camp’s going great up to now. So far so good.
Q. Describe your style, what are your best qualities?
A. I’ve got all different styles. I’m more of a fighter but I’ve got good boxing skills too. I’ll just do anything to win the fight.
Q. What do you know about Marco Mccullough? Have you seen him fight?
A. Don’t know much about McCullough, but I’ve seen some of his fights. He’s a good kid, he’s got good power, likes to have a fight. But so do I, styles makes fights.
Q. What holes do you see in your opponents game?
A. I can’t be telling you about what I see, but I got a game plan. But at the end of the day theres only me and him in that ring, and when the bell goes, I do whatever it takes to win.
Q. How do you plan to deal with the big crowd?
A. I’ve boxed infront of 12,000 before on Josh Warrington’s undercard and I’ve boxed in front of 9,000 on Anthony Crolla’s world title fight so the crowd wont make a difference to me.
Q. Frampton v Quigg. Who wins and how?
A. I really don’t know, it’s a 50/50 fight its gonna be a great fight.
Q. Lastly, any message for Marco?
A. Nope, just be ready.