Tyrone McCullagh gets ‘Belfast Boy’ card up and running with a win

Tyrone McCullagh opened the show tonight in Belfast at the SSE Odyssey Arena with a .

The Derry super bantamweight was in action early on the Matchroom ‘Belfast Boy’ bill on the off-television portion of the card.

McCullagh had seen a number of opponents fall though and ended up facing Nicaraguan Jose Aguilar over four rounds in the Titanic City.

‘White Chocolate’ would go the distance in an entertaining encounter in which he outpointed the game Latino.

The Foyleside southpaw began quickly, systematically whipping in right hooks to the body which seemed to quickly sap the fight out of Aguilar who looked in trouble on the ropes in the closing seconds of the stanza.

Aguilar began to play-act at the start of the second, abut the one-way traffic would continue with McCullagh showing some nice footwork and a greater emphasis on combinations – before a bizarre shot from the Nicaraguan sent McCullagh’s gumshield flying out of the ring.

Perhaps invigorated by this, Aguilar fought with a renewed vigour in a closer third, although McCullagh was still well on top in the exchanges.

The competitive action continued into the fourth, but the Ulster boxer remained in near complete control.

After four good rounds, McCullagh was awarded the bout on a 40:36 scoreline.

With the win, McCullagh moves to 7(4)-0, while Aguilar, who grew into the contest, falls to 16(6)-34(9)-4.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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