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World Champ TJ Doheny backs Carl McDonald to stop Tyrone McCullagh

TJ Doheny hit out at Tyrone McCullagh yesterday and caused a bit of a stir within the Irish boxing community.

The IBF super bantamweight champion was said to be unhappy with call-outs from McCullagh and the Portlaoise puncher confirmed that in no uncertain terms.

READ: TJ Doheny slams “piss-ant” Tyrone McCullagh

In a video message, Doheny scolded his Derry rival for the call outs and took aim at McCullagh’s record and fighting style.

The rebuke received support from a number of Irish fighters including Niall Kennedy, Ray Moylette, and Carl Frampton.

Retired former Irish champions Pajo and Eddie Hyland also sent Doheny messages of support and the Sydney-based fighter would respond, backing the Hyland-trained Irish super bantamweight champion Carl McDonald [5(0)-2(0)].

‘The Cobra’ and his team had previously called for a fight with WBO European and BBBoC Celtic champ McCullagh but this was strongly dismissd by ‘White Chocolate’.

Doheny, though, believes that McDonald would beat McCullagh [12(6)-0].

The world champion said that “I’m Team McDonald all the way.”

“Carl McDonald stops Melt Chocolate inside eight [rounds].”

McDonald and his team had suggested a fight on a mooted Derry St Patrick’s Weekend card but this bill looks to be delayed, with McCullagh instead fighting on a show at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on Friday March 29th.

The Tallaght fighter will, likely, return to the ring on ‘Celtic Clash 8’ which is due to be announced soon.

McDonald’s team had suggested irony when McCullagh was calling for a fight with Doheny having cited levels when dismissing a fight with their man. The Foylesider has been engaged in some heated back-and-forths online with Boxing Ireland boss Leonard Gunning.


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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