The Derry and West Meath fighters are two of eight featherweights who will battle it out knockout tournament style to land a two-year, five-fight deal with one of the world’s leading promoters – rumoured to be Top Rank- that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight along with global exposure.
While Irish fight fans will be hoping for Irish success in the tournament, such is the mentality of a fighter and such is the opportunity that the boxing nurse is always going to be selfish.
McCullagh knows what is at stake and is determined to ensure he is the one to collect the big ‘life changing’ contract via three wins.
The first fighters announced for the featherweight division were British champion and WBO no. 6 Ryan Walsh, Commonwealth champion and IBF no. 15 Leigh Wood and unbeaten WBA no. 7 Hairon Socarras.
They were then joined by IBF European champion and IBF no. 9 Jazza Dickens, unbeaten WBO European featherweight champion and WBO no. 11 David Oliver Joyce, and unbeaten WBO European super-bantamweight champion and WBO no. 8 Tyrone McCullagh.
The remaining two fighters in the featherweight division are set to be named in the near future.