Belfast featherweight Marc ‘Marco’ McCullough was acknowledged as a quality fighter to keep a close eye on after the IBWA presented him with the Prospect of The Year award.
McCullough went undefeated in 2013, claiming three wins with two coming inside the distance, culminating in an impressive stoppage victory over former European champion Willie Casey to claim the Irish featherweight title.
He is determined to follow in the footsteps of previous winner and Cyclone Promotions stablemate Carl Frampton, who has enjoyed a steady rise in the five years since he was named as Ireland’s top prospect.
McCullough said: “Carl Frampton won it a few years ago and now he’s headlining bills and on the brink of a world title fight.
“It’s a good thing to get and has given me a bit of confidence. I can honestly say that the Willie Casey fight got my name out there and was a big statement to make. It all seems to be taking off for me now.”
The Shankill Road boxer’s trainer John Breen believes his young charge can go all the way.
Breen said: “Marc’s a puncher and he wants to go out there and knock people out, but he also does what he’s told and can box to instructions. I’m expecting very big things to come from him.”
McCullough wins the 2013 Prospect of the Year award with Dublin light-welterweight Philip Sutcliffe Jr the runner-up.