There is nothing strange about a boxer blowing his own trumpet.
Indeed confident and bold claims of greatness, ring ability, superior power, and more are common place in the fight World, especially in the lead up to big fights.
Just ahead of his second pro outing Derry City’s first puncher since John Duddy, Tyrone McCullagh has also claimed to be the greatest in the World, but with a kettle, tea bag and mug as his tools rather than a pair boxing gloves.
The 25 year old novice pro claims he is the worlds greatest tea maker, but is hoping that Saturday night’s York Hall clash will be step two on a journey that will end up with him being able to claim he is the best at his weight in the World.
“To be world champion is every boxers dream!” the renowned joker told Irish-boxing.com.
“I’d love to able to say I’m the best in the world at something else as well as making tea.”
“For now I think the plan is to stay busy and just try get myself up the rankings as fast as possible. I know Steve (Goodwin) has said he’s hoping for more than just domestic honours with me and is looking towards the European or World stage further down the line obviously but I’m completely on board.”
After debuting without a promoter, the former senior champion signed with Steve Goodwin of Goodwin Promotions, and there are already signs that his stay-busy goals will be met.
McCullagh admits there is already a difference feel to fight two than his first paid outing.
“This is my first fight under Goodwin, the difference has been that bit of security and deliverance of his word. When I signed I said my main concern was to stay active and within two months of signing they have me on one of their shows in York hall and hopefully I’ll repay him with a good performance and the win.”
“Everybody I’ve talked to has said York Hall a great place to box with a great atmosphere and I know the Goodwin team are doing great stuff with it. So as I said I can’t wait to get in there and hopefully impress.”
With the history behind the York Hall any bout there feels that bit above a small hall show. Fighting at the famous venue added to the pressure of trying to impress a new promotion team might mean more nerves for most, but McCullagh believes he will be that bit more relaxed come Saturday.
“Hopefully I show a bit more composure than my first win. With my debut there was always gonna be that extra bit of nerves, but I’ve got that over me now and experienced it, so hopefully I’ll be a bit less nervous and a bit more settled.”
Bence Sipos (1-4) mans the opposite corner on Saturday and ‘White Chocolate’ admits he knows little about his Hungarian foe.
“To be honest I don’t know much. He’s a Hungarian with an average record. I don’t know about predictions, but I’ve trained my balls off for this one. I’m in one of the best shapes I’ve ever been in so its just down to me now. If I go and box the way I can and listen to what I’m told then I’ll come away with the win.”