McCullough: I would love a fight with British Champ Josh Warrington

IT took Marc McCullough just 28 seconds to agree to fight the potentially problematic Martin Parlagi , and he was equally quick on the draw when it came to confirming he would love to fight British and Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington.

The rising Belfast featherweight, who fights for the vacant WBO European Featherweight title in the Waterfront on June 20, isn’t one to name drop future foes or the kind of fighter that tries to goad people into the ring. However, he is quick on the draw when it comes to accepting fights and confirming, who he would be comfortable to have a show down with. recently went about testing the Warrington waters with the Irish champion and before we could get the question out McCullough was straight in with a response.

“Would Josh,” was as far as we got before the calm and likable McCullough confirmed,

“No problem I would fight Warrington. We already offered him the fight.

“It would be better to get some rounds in before I would fight him, but as John (Breen) said we offered to fight him already. He fights every other week and has over 100 rounds under his belt. I have about 30 so hopefully I get a good 12 rounds in at Waterfront. I am not the type to call people out and whatever Barry and John line up for me I will take, but a win in my next fight can move me up the rankings and we can look at bigger names.”

That next fight is against Paralgi, who has amateur pedigree and boasts a pro record of fourteen wins no defeats, with eight of those wins coming via knockout..

It provides the fighter, who boasts an impressive win over former European Champion Willie Casey with a chance to progress up the rankings. The fact he tops the bill along side Jamie Conlan also gives the Belfast fighter the opportunity to prove his pulling power and ability to be a draw.

“I wasn’t expecting to be topping a bill at this stage, but this is what I box for. I don’t want to be hanging on to Carl Frampton for my entire career, so this is a good start toward progressing further.”

And while everyone from Barry McGuigan to respected fight scribes have been touting the Cezch lightweight champion as a dangerous test, the Cyclone promotions puncher claims his opponents eight knock outs will probably stand against him come fight night.

“he has 210 amateur fights and won 190 and he has boxed in the major amateur tournaments. He was a good amateur and he has a good pro record too, but if I want to make it to the top these are the boys I have to beat. I had no qualms about taking the fight.

“Apart from Selby at the minute I would anyone in British boxing, no problem. It is not as if this lad has loads of experience he has around the same number of fights as me and most of his fights are stoppages so he hasn’t got the rounds I have.

“I was back in the gym soon after the last fight and I was sparring a wee fella (Derek Potter) who made his debut on the small hall show the other week. So I am in good shape already and I am ready for a hard camp.”


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