Tyrone McCullagh has lost his hunger – but is looking to taste titles

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Tyrone McCullagh is famous in Irish boxing circles for his love of food and his extreme weight cuts, but he claims his diet has gone better than ever for his fight on the ‘Another Level’ dinner show at the Europa Hotel – and is looking forward to tucking into a tasty morsel.

That tasty morsel is Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez – a rather meaty opponent for McCullagh in just his fifth fight and first six rounder. White Chocolate is happy with this step up and explained to Irish-Boxing that “from what I’ve seen and heard, he is a very tough durable lad with a lot of experience and has been in with ex-World and European champions.”

Super bantamweight McCullagh, known for his defensive style in the amateurs, has become a exciting puncher in the pros, but isn’t expecting a stoppage tomorrow night against a durable foe. The Derry stylist notes how “he [Tellez] has only been stopped three times in 40 fights I think so it’s always nice to get the stoppage but I’ll not be going into the ring with that in my head.”

“It’s my first six rounder so I need to pace myself and give him some respect as I said he has been in with the likes of Stuart Hall and Stephane Jamoye and they couldn’t stop him so the main thing for me is a good performance and get the win. ”

Tomorrow will be McCullagh’s second appearance on an MHD Promotions dinner show and the Goodwin-promoted fighter points out how “Mark has been great for putting me on his shows,” before joking that “it’ll be weird to see a dinner – it’s been a while!”

“Only joking, I’ve got the diet spot on this time and have been eating well even though it’ll be the lightest I’ve weighed in.”

Tomorrow will be the first real step up for McCullagh and he is aiming to begin rolling towards a title shot next year and outlined how “hopefully with a good performance and a win I’ll be knocking on the door for a title of some sort in a year. I don’t want to hang about, this is a step up for me and my first six rounder.”

“I’ll see how this goes and see if I’m ready for another step up again in my next fight.”

“That’s the aim, to be fighting for a title by the close of 2017 at the latest.”

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

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