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Tyrone McCullagh overcomes slippy opponent to score Belfast win

Tyrone McCullagh claimed the sixth win of his his career tonight in Belfast against a slippery opponent – in more ways than one.

‘White Chocolate’ took on awkward Ghanaian Michael Barnor in a battle of the southpaws on the inauguaral Ginley Promotions bill at the Devenish Complex in what was his debut under MTK.

In a bizarre fight that drew giggles from ringside early on, McCullagh’s opponent was posed with serious issues from his footwear. Barnor’s boots appeared to have no grip, and the African spent much of the fight slipping and sliding around the canvas.

The Derry super bantamweight scored a knockdown of sorts in the second round which resulted in an extended pause for Barnor to have bandages wrapped around his boots. The wrapping seemed to have little effect, and McCullagh began to tee off in the third, landing with nice combontions and going to the body well.

The Black Star fighter had reverted into full-scale survivor mode in the fourth and final round, frustrating McCullagh with negative tactics and plenty of rule-bending to see out the fight.

Going to the cards, McCullagh was handed an easy, perhaps slightly frustrating, 40:35 win.

The points victory sees the former amateur star move to 6(4)-0, while Barnor drops to 14(10)-11(8) after his display of ice-skating,

McCullagh will now look to keep busy with MTK, and will hope to be back out again in the near future

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie