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Cyclone Promotions will give their young stable a chance to shine on Friday, June 20 in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. CEO Barry McGuigan has agreed a multi-fight deal with the venue which was last used for boxing some 14 years ago. Eamonn Magee and Shea Neary raised the roof on that occasion, headlining an 11-fight show that featured the likes of Brian Magee, Jim Rock, Scott Harrison, Peter Culshaw and Adrian Stone.
Now McGuigan’s latest crop will go it alone without stable stand-out Carl Frampton. Marc McCullough is set to headline the bill with Jamie Conlan and Conrad Cummings also confirmed.
“I think that McCullough and Conlan can go all the way. They are both in lively weight divisions and so is Conrad Cummmings who can break through into the UK top 10 by the end of the year,” said McGuigan.
Barry insists that McCullough’s opponent on the night, Martin Parlagi, is a dangerman and says that the Czech boxer is convinced that he can beat McCullough. After winning the Czech lightweight title Martin moved back down to the featherweight so is expected to be strong at the weight. Despite this, Cyclone are banking on their man coming through with flying colours and setting up a potential clash with fellow Belfast fighter Martin Lindsay at some point down the line.
“Other than Lee Selby I’d put Marc McCullough in with anybody at the moment,” continued McGuigan. “We’ve already offered the last fight to Josh Warrington and he didn’t want it because he said he had another fight coming up. Martin Lindsay is another big potential fight down the line for Marc.”
Isaac Dogboe will be on the Waterfront undercard as well as a further three fights with names to be announced in due course. Barry stated that he has made a commitment to the boxers which will result in regular shows designed to make them into champions. He has been pressuring the British Boxing Board of Control into finally giving super-flyweight talent Jamie Conlan an overdue crack at domestic glory.
“We have been beleaguering the BBBofC, asking what’s happening with Paul Butler and the Commonwealth title. We think the Board should make the titles vacant and available,” affirmed McGuigan.