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The two Tyrone’s given Golden Contract semi final date

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The two Tyrone’s McKenna and McCullagh will fight for a place in their respective Golden Contract finals on the same night.

The now Pete Taylor trained pair will face opponents that will only be confirmed come fight week draw time after making it to the last four of the featherweight and light welterweight versions of the fresh and exciting tournament.

The hugely successful tournament will return to London’s iconic York Hall on February 21 to stage the final fours of the two divisions – and with both sets of semi finals playing out on the same night and at the same venue the close friends and gym mates have a common training goal.

McCullagh could face any of Ryan Walsh, Leigh Wood or Jazza Dickens on the night, while Ohara Davies, Mohamed Mimoune and Jeff Ofori are the options for McKenna.

MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said“What a night in prospect this is. This competition has already been a great success and now it goes up another level. Even the knockout bonus money goes up!

“It’s great to be having these semis at York Hall, which were packed for the quarters and provided superb atmospheres. This will be even bigger, better and louder.

“We’ve chosen to do both feather and super-light on the same night to bring together eight sets of fans hoping to roar their heroes to a life-changing opportunity in the two finals.

“Fans from up and down the U.K, Ireland and France will be in attendance supporting the semi-finalists and with ESPN screening it all to the US alongside Sky Sports in the UK, this is simply a massive night for boxing.”

Tickets for the event will be released on Friday. Confirmation of the fight week draw, press conference and weigh-in will be forthcoming in due course.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com