The Irish super bantamweights southpaws have developed a rivalry in recent months stemming from a call-out from McCullagh [13(6)-0].
Back when Doheny [21(15)-1(0)] held the IBF title McCullagh was keen to partake in the first all-Irish world title fight but this was dismissed by ‘The Power’.
The Sydney-based Laois fighter would lose the belt last month in a unification with Danny Roman while McCullagh defended his WBO European rankings title for the first time two weeks later.
Afterwards the Derry trickster admitted that he is still keen to face Doheny and suggested that the fight could take place on the undercard of Mick Conlan’s big Féile fight night in August.
Over the weekend, Doheny would respond with a thinly-veiled posting on social media – and McCullagh, a qualified nurse, would return the favour.
Dear @LeoVaradkar can you please make a motion on the nurse salary fiasco. Its gone that bad that your nurses are tryin to fight me looking for a decent payday which could be detrimental to their health. Sort it out. #NursesAppreciationWeek
— TJ Doheny (@TjDoheny) May 9, 2019
Hello @Topman I’m just wondering if you are planning on opening any stores in Laois in the near future?
A good friend of mine lost his belt and he badly needs another
Or better still just post him one out, his name is, TJ DontHaveAny
— Tyrone McCullagh (@WhiteChoc90) May 10, 2019
The slightly cheesy back-and-forth is the latest installment of the growing rivalry – although it would look as though Doheny, who has stated that he wants to return in a world title fight, still is not keen on a domestic clash.
Regardless, McCullagh is a good bet for the Féile undercard bill, promoted by Top Rank, due to his WBO rating and the fact that the organisation’s champion, Emanuel Navarrete, is aligned to Bob Arum’s outfit.