Lightweight Cully’s freakish frame hasn’t gone unnoticed by the entertaining and game French fighter, but he claims it takes more than physical attributes to win a fight.
The road warrior, who boasts upset wins over the likes of Bradley Saunders and Daouda Sow and pushed Franky Gavin and bill topper Tyrone McKenna close, admits the Kildare man’s height and long levers have proved an advantage for him – but suggests he has seen areas where the young prospect is lacking.
The ‘Lionheart’ points out that McKenna brought a similar size advantage to the table when they met back in 2017 but notes how his strength and relentless pressure neutralized that in a fight he felt he deserved at least a draw out of.
“I watched some videos of him, mainly he has an odd shape that helps him a lot – but, from a pure boxing point of view, I find he is not so good,” Garrido explained to Irish-Boxing.com.
“So far in his career he has yet to face a name. This is going to be his first real test.”
“It’s always tough when there is such a difference in size but my style is good for beating this type of boxer,” he adds.
To hammer home that point, the 35-year-old character points to his last visit to Belfast and his October 2017 fight with Ulster Hall headliner McKenna on the Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov undercard.
Garrido applied relentless pressure on that Matchroom show and certainly earned a reputation as one of the best ‘opponents’ to grace these shores in recent times, eventually losing 96-94 in a tight contest.
The fighter reveals he has become close to ‘The Mighty Celt’ since, but is adamant he didn’t deserve to lose when they met.
Garrido recalled how “my fight against Tyrone was judged by one referee alone. I would have preferred three neutral judges because I think the decision should have been a draw.”
“That being said, Tyrone eventually became a friend, he’s a guy with talent and humor, I like the guy.”
“Tyrone has the same physique as Cully but I think he is much stronger from the videos I saw.”
The experienced Marseille man, a two-weight French champion, certainly represents a massive step up in class for ‘The Diva’. It’s a step up Cully has constantly called for and Garrido respects the fact he not only agreed to fight him but looked for a bout with someone of his calibre so early in his career.
“He’s ambitious and it’s that kind of mentality that is missing among boxers, respect to him.”
“Has he bitten off more than he can chew? We will see on June 21st.”
“I predict a great fight that will please the fans.”