BOXING: Tyrone’s on the diet of champions ahead of Belfast bout

Tyrone McCullagh is in top shape ahead of his fifth professional fight in Belfast on Saturday.
Tyrone McCullagh is in top shape ahead of his fifth professional fight in Belfast on Saturday.

TYRONE McCullagh insists he’s in the best shape of his career as he bids to take his professional record to 5-0 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Saturday night.

The unbeaten 26 year-old super-bantamweight has enlisted the help of local gym owner and personal trainer, David Fox from Pro Gym, who has helped him tone up with a specially tailored diet.

Usually when I was coming up to a fight I was eating one meal a day but now I’ve managed to eat three times a day with the diet he’s put me on and it’s went swimmingly.

Tyrone McCullagh

McCullagh hits the scales tomorrow afternoon at the weigh-in at the Europa’s Exhibition Centre at 3 p.m. and he reckons it’s been the easiest fight week he’s experienced as he hasn’t struggled to make weight at the final hour.

A diet of eggs, chicken, steak and baby boiled potatoes doesn’t sound too bad either and McCullagh was delighted when he was told he could eat three meals a day.

“I think this has been my best camp yet,” he said. “It’s fight week and I’m just tapering down and getting my weight right, A lot of fight weeks I’ve still had to train twice a day to get the weight off. But I’ve got the diet right this time and I’ve only had one session this week, so I’ve just been chilling out in the house and taking it easy.

“I tired a bit in my last fight which could have been down to my diet,” he explained. “It was the first time I went four rounds as well. I knew I had to make a few changes. So I got in with David Fox in Pro Gym and he’s sorted my diet out. Usually when I was coming up to a fight I was eating one meal a day but now I’ve managed to eat three times a day with the diet he’s put me on and it’s went swimmingly.

“I’ve managed to tone up and keep my weight down. I basically had eggs in the morning, a bit of wheaten toast and chicken and baby boils for dinner and steak at night which is good for me.”

McCullagh knows he must produce his best on Saturday night as he faces the experienced Edwin Tellez of Nicaragua in his first scheduled six rounder.

“I’ve trained for the six rounds and won’t go all guns blazing. He’s a tough nut and he’s been in with ex-world champions. It’s a great fight for me and I’ll have to be careful.

“I’m hoping to get a title fight by the end of 2017 AND I’d like to think I’d be ready for it at some stage.”

Tyrone has sold his allocation of 100 tickets for the MHD Promotions show and he’s delighted to have the support of his hometown behind him. And he also thanked his sponsors, Dave Fox (Pro Gym), B-fast Courier and Lisa Dunlop.