The unbeaten Tyrone McCullagh has a dream of fighting TJ Doheny for the world title but must first overcome Josh Kennedy on Friday night and seize the WBO European super-bantamweight crown.
McCullagh and Kennedy put flawless records on the line as the headline act of a glittering MTK Global show at Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre on Friday - with ‘White Chocolate’ looking to follow up the Celtic crown he won last time out.
McCullagh said: “I always want more so I plan to win this and then of course the end goal is a world title. I’m competitive in everything I do and I hate to lose so I want to get to the top of boxing.
“It’s a hair-raising thought and I’d love to fight for a world title. I know MTK Global has just signed TJ Doheny, who’s a world champion.
“TJ has spent his whole career in Australia and it would be a great homecoming fight. He’s done very well for himself. It makes sense for him to defend his title back home and we’re with the same management now.
“First, I’ve got to get past Kennedy and get that European title. This is a great show and the talent in Belfast at the moment is unbelievable. It must be a headache for MTK Global to choose who to put on because there are just so many good fighters.
“As usual in this camp, I’ve had jibes from friends and other people calling me ‘fat’ and that’s funny. It’s no secret I put on weight between camps and sometimes I wonder whether it’s worth putting my body through hell or if I should just get a different job.
“Of course, it’s worth it when you’re in the ring and everyone is roaring for you. The highs are high and the lows are low. I’m inspired by all those who support me and particularly those who’ve supported me since day one. I don’t want to let them down.”
Also featuring on the show, which will be broadcast live on BoxNation, is Paddy Gallagher vs. Jay Byrne for the Celtic super-welterweight title, Steven Ward vs. Rolando Paredes, Marco McCullough vs. Ruddy Encarnacion plus Conrad Cummings, Nathaniel May, Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly, Gary Cully, Padraig McCrory and Sean McGlinchey.
WBA Interim bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo displayed too much superiority versus his Tanzanian rival Julias Kisawire by dropping him twice on the opening bell of their bout. The Tanzanian had no answer to the barrage of punches from Gaballo thus prompting the referee to call a first round stoppage win for the Filipino. Gaballo (20-0-0, 17KOs) came out with his full arsenal from the opening bell as Kisawire (29-7-1, 15KOs) tried to survive the round. Gaballo smelling blood continued his attack catching the Tanzanian with head and body combinations dropped him for the first time. Kisawire beat the count but Gaballo went back to his attack and got the job done.
“Reymart has matured and was in his best shape. He was just too much for his opponent. We are happy about the win and will definitely get him ready for the regular WBA Belt next fight. I’m sure Gaballo will be the next big boxing star from our country”, Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil stated.
The great luck of Sanman Boxing continued with a huge first round TKO victory for come backing former world champion Marlon Tapales (31-2-0, 14KOs) against another Tanzanian Goodluck Mrema W24-L4-D0-KO12). Tapales immediately went to work in the opening bell swinging shots and finally catching Mrema with a quick right counter to the head which ended the fight immediately. With the win, Tapales is back on business and is set to fly to the US to train and prepare for bigger fights according to Sanman CEO JC Manangquil who co-manages tapales with Rex "Wakee" Salud
The event was promoted by Gerry Peñalosa and presented by ESPN 5 where the bouts were broadcasted live. Gerry’s nephews Dave and Carlo were also victorious in their respective fights coming off with huge KO victories.
MTK Global is proud to confirm the signing of Iranian-born cruiserweight Mohammadali Bayat Farid as he embarks on a world title hunt.
The 29-year-old Farid (12-1-1-KO12) fights out of Dubai and having stopped every single one of his victims to date, feels ready to graduate to fighting the big names of the division under his new management.
Farid said: “I’m here to take on the best. I watched the World Boxing Super Series and I’m ready to take on the cruiserweights who fought in it.
“I’m on a great run of stoppage victories and I am an explosive puncher. I have big dreams I want to achieve in this sport and signing with MTK Global shows my ambition.
“It was an easy decision to sign with MTK Global – its reputation is growing all the time and I know they can secure me the opportunities I need to show the world how good I am.
“I only started boxing to lose weight originally but now here I am ready to take on the world. The WBC belt is the one I want the most. Bring on the challenges.”
MTK Global International Operations Director Paul Gibson added: “We’re pleased to add a fighter of Mohammadali’s undoubted class and potential to our roster.
“He’s currently on a brutal streak of stoppages but what’s most exciting is that there’s still so much more to come and he’s improving with every fight.
“The cruiserweight division is obviously dominated by Oleksandr Usyk at the moment but Mohammadali will move towards a shot at whoever is holding those world titles. He’s an exciting fighter to watch.”