Tyrone McCullagh handed African test for Belfast show

Tyrone McCullagh [5(4)-0] has been handed a relatively strong and experienced opponent for his first fight with MTK.

The Derry super bantamweight fights for the first time in 2017 next Friday (March 3rd) at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on the inaugural Ginley Promotions card.

McCullagh’s opponent on the ‘Dust up at the Devenish’ bill will be Ghanaian Michael Barnor [14(10)-8(6)-2]. The 31 year old is a two-time Ghanaian bantamweight title challenger (losing once to former Carl Frampton opponent Prosper Ankrah). He has also fought four times for rankings belts from the major organisations.

In his previous fight, last May, the African travelled all the way to South Korea, losing a close ten rounder to hot prospect Woo Hyun Kim.

A solid, come-forward southpaw, the Black Star fighter should provide the Celtic title-chasing McCullagh with a test in what will be his sixth fight, although White Chocolate will be confident that he can force a stoppage.

In his previous fight, back in October, McCullagh took a step up to face Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez. While the Central American is a more durable foe than Barnor, it looks like the West African will provide more in the way of an attacking threat for McCullagh.

Watch Michael Barnor in action against South Korean prospect Woo Hyun Kim

Video courtesy of Asian Boxing

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

Also featuring on the first Ginley Promotions card are Alfredo Meli, Ciaran McVarnock, Anto Upton, Stephen Ormond, Ian Tims, and Sean Turner.

Tickets for Dust Up at The Devenish cost £35 (unreserved) and £65 (ringside) and are available from the boxers on the bill or promoter Mark Ginley.

Joe O'Neill

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