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Low Blows: White Chocolate Tyrone McCullagh

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He’s been battered by his fellow fighters in this feature over the past few weeks and now White Chocolate Tyrone McCullagh gets the chance to dish out some sweet revenge.

The Derry featherweight took the Low Blows challenge this week and certainly didn’t hold back.

Q: Hardest Trainer?
I’d give that to Eamonn O’Kane, he always gave it his all no matter what type of session it was and it showed in the ring – he never stopped punching!

Q: Biggest Moaner?
A: Paddy Barnes.
He will always find something to complain about. You dare not even look at him wrong on the week of a weigh-in.

Q: Funniest?
A: Big Tommy Mac
, he always has everyone laughing. He loves doing impressions of people and is actually very good at it.

Q: Biggest Ladies Man?
A: John Hutchinson.
We roomed together on a trip to Canada and after the fights we had a few nights out. He never made it back to our room any of the nights. I don’t know what his secret is, but he’s not called the Buncrana Banger because of his punching power!

Q: Most Intelligent?
A: Jason Quigley.
We’ve been on a few trips together and he always had his school books with him for studying and that. That would be the last thing most boxers would take on a trip but Jason has his head screwed on.

Q: Least Intelligent?
A: Tyrone McKenna.
One time we were at a training camp and to get home a few days early he told Billy Walsh that he had to leave on Friday evening to “sign on” on Saturday morning. Billy said to him that the brew is closed on a Saturday and he just laughed and walked away.

Q: Hardest Puncher?
A: Conor Ahern.
I only ever sparred him a handful of times but anytime I did my head was pounding for a few days afterwards.

Q: Most Naturally Talented?
That’s a toss up between Mick Conlan and Joe Ward but I’ll go with Joe because Mick is the harder trainer. Sometime you’d look at Joe and think he’s scared to break a sweat in training, but then he gets in the ring and beats up World champions. You wonder how he does it.

Q: Cheapest?
A: Billy Walsh.
He reduced my grant by 50% without a proper reason. I had met the criteria more than some other boxers on the same grant and their’s hadn’t been touched.

Q: Worst dancer?
Unfortunately that’s me, by a mile. I’d say I’m the worst dancer in Ireland never mind in Irish boxing.

Q: Worst Dress Sense?
I’ll go with John Joe Nevin for this one. One time when the team was out on a night out I’m pretty sure I seen him in Dicey’s wearing a vest top. He mightn’t be too happy with me saying that but he’s beat me in two Irish finals so this is my only chance of revenge!

Q: Biggest Messer?
A: Roy Sheehan.
He is constantly messing. I went to America with him and he didn’t stop the full week. You would see him laughing to himself at something he was thinking of doing. He doesn’t stop!

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

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie