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Linares in Croke Park? – Eddie Hearn discusses Gary Cully road map

Eddie Hearn believes Gary Cully [14(8)-0] is on the path to the top but warns there are a number of bends to be navigated before he can secure one of the biggest names in one of the most talent-packed divisions.

‘The Diva’ has never shied from suggesting he feels ready for the likes of undisputed lightweight world champion Devin Haney, Teófimo López, Gervonta Davis, George Kambosos Jr and co.

Hearn likes that ambition, and since signing the Kildare southpaw has discovered Cully is willing to fight anyone in a bid to show the wider public just how good he is.

However, the Matchroom boss suggests the Sarto stylist has to register some gatekeeper wins before he can look to take one of the modern-day four kings’ crowns.

“To say he is already on the level of Devin and Lomachenko is adventurous, you’ve got to prove that against a certain level of opponent,” Hearn told Irish-boxing.com ahead of Cully’s Wembley clash with Jaouad Belmehdi [16(8)-0-2].

“He had a great win against Vazquez, this is another undefeated fighter that he’s up against and then we need to start looking at who are the gatekeepers. Is there a Jorge Linares fight, now that’s a great fight for Croke Park. From a UK perspective, you’ve got Maxi Hughes that could be a great fight. There are loads of fights out there for him,” he adds before praising the Irish star’s willingness to trade leather.

“The one thing we know about Gary is he is not afraid to take on any level of fighter. If he gets through on Saturday he’ll be in a big one next year and at Croke Park.”

Picture credit Mark Robinson Matchroom


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