Unique Golden Contract draw explained- What Joyce and McCullagh can expect on Tuesday

It’s certainly something both Tyrone McCullagh and Davey Oliver Joyce will never have experienced before.

Indeed, the uniquely formatted Golden Contract draw is something that will be new to all of the eight featherweight contenders.

MTK  have revealed a pioneering format for the draw for next week’s #GoldenContract curtain-raiser which has raised eyebrows and excitement levels.

The unique competition, which kicks off with the featherweight quarter-finals at York Hall on October 4, sees eight hopefuls in each of three weight classes compete in a knockout tournament for a lucrative five-fight contract with a top promoter.

In an extra twist of excitement, the fighters will not find out until fight week who they are facing – and the way in which they will eventually discover their foes is bound to spice things up.

On Tuesday, the eight featherweight hopefuls – Ryan Walsh, Davey Oliver Joyce, Leigh Wood, Jazza Dickens, Tyrone McCullagh, Hairon Socarras, Carlos Araujo and Carlos Ramos will assemble for a media workout followed by the draw.

The draw, which will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook by Sky Sports, will be conducted in the following way:

  1. Eight balls will be placed in a bag; four blue (numbered 1-4) and four red (not numbered)
  2. All eight fighters draw a ball from the bag in turn
  3. The fighters who drew blue balls (starting with the fighter who drew the blue ball numbered ‘1’) choose their opponent from the fighters who drew red balls.

Doors open at 5.30pm on fight night, which will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.

There is double Irish interest in the first quarterfinal draw as Derry’s Tyrone McCullagh and Mullingar’s Davey Oliver Joyce will both be involved.

Both have claimed they are not too concerned with who they draw on Tuesday. The Peter Taylor trained Joyce pointing out he has experience of late notice opposition from his amateur days, while ‘White Chocolate’ believes his style means he will be the man they all want to avoid.

Ireland also has representation in the two other Golden Contract tournaments. Steven Ward will compete in the crusierweight installment and Tyrone McKenna appears in the light welterweight competition.

Derek McKenna

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