Unbeaten WBO European champion Tyrone McCullagh has joined trainer Danny Vaughan as he begins a potentially huge 2019.
Derry hero ‘White Chocolate’ (12-0-KO6) also secured the Celtic super-bantamweight crown in a successful 2018 under Danny Vaughan’s father, the legendary George Vaughan, and is now world-ranked.
Having made the switch to work under Danny Vaughan at MTK Scotland in Holytown, McCullagh said: “I’m glad to be joining such a promising gym under Danny and it feels more like moving bedrooms than moving houses because the two camps have always worked together.
“I’ve learned such a huge amount under Georgie Vaughan and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both him and Derry Mathews for all the hard work and knowledge they’ve shared with me.
“The time is right for me to join my good friends like Tyrone McKenna, Paddy Barnes and Sean McComb over in Scotland and I’m looking forward to us all pushing each other onwards and upwards towards more titles.”
Danny Vaughan added: “I’m so pleased to welcome Tyrone to the team. I’ve always worked closely with my father, Georgie Vaughan, so in many ways we’ve been on the same team as Tyrone for years already.
“It could be a huge year for ‘White Chocolate.’ He’s one of the slickest operators around. Just ask Paddy Barnes, who calls him ‘The Bamboozler’ in sparring! Now those two will be sparring even more than usual as they’ll be in camp together.
“With Tyrone McKenna, Paddy and Sean McComb already in my stable, Sam Maxwell and I are starting to feel pretty heavily outnumbered as Scousers but jokes aside, the atmosphere between the boys is great and Tyrone McCullagh will only enhance that.
“It’s going to be a huge 2019 for McCullagh, for our stable and for MTK Global in general. Everyone is excited to be a part of it.”