DERRY SOUTHPAW, Tyrone McCullagh has been snapped up by high profile UK Boxing Promoters, Goodwin Promotions after making a dazzling start to his career in the professional ranks.
The 24 year-old Glen Road native signed a professional deal this week with the English based boxing promotion and management company at the Inishowen Boxing Club, Buncrana.
McCullagh who made a blistering debut in the paid ranks in Cheshire last July when he stopped his Hungarian opponent, Tamas Laska (2-2-0) with a devastating left hook to the body had obviously made a lasting impression.
And McCullagh is hoping his deal with the Steve Goodwin led group can be the start of something special.
“It’s brilliant,” smiled Tyrone. “I think Goodwin are the top three or four boxing promoters in the UK so it’s a big enough name to be signing with and hopefully this can be the start of a good few years in the professional game for me.”
Tyrone’s contacts at Inishowen ABC ensured the deal was made and Steve Goodwin himself flew in to Belfast to conclude the deal yesterday.
I think Goodwin are the top three or four boxing promoters in the UK so it’s a big enough name to be signing with and hopefully this can be the start of a good few years in the professional game for me.Tyrone McCullagh
“A coach at Inishowen ABC, Clive Whitbread has contacts in Goodwin and he got me in touch with them,” explained Tyrone.
“I went over to England to talk to them and met with Steve Goodwin and they told me they were keen to sign me. They looked like a good outfit and so I went back home and decided to sign.
“They then told me that to save me going back over to England they would fly over here which was good of them.
“It shows they’re keen in signing me by coming here to Buncrana. I’m glad of their support and hopefully this is the start of something good for me.
“They seem genuine. They’re only up and running about four years I think and are already one of the biggest names in the UK.”
With names like John O’Donnell and Leon McKenzie in their books, Tyrone is hoping he can quickly make a name for himself under the Goodwin banner. And he has plans to return to the ring in late November.
“They’ve got a few big names already signed with them which is good. They seem to put a show on in York Hall every six weeks or so and hopefully I can get started with one of those in the near future. “I’m hoping to get back in the ring in November.
“In your first couple of years as a pro you would like to get as many fights as possible to get the ball rolling. So I’m hoping to stay busy and start jumping from six to eight rounds in a couple of fights time.”
“And the more impressive you the more people start taking notice,” he concluded.