Mexican super-flyweight Jose Estrella has landed in Belfast and is itching for a good scrap. The Tijuana boxer quickly accepted the call to face local favourite Jamie Conlan on Saturday’s ‘Titanic Showdown’ extravaganza and the Latino slugger has been swotting up on his opponent in the meantime.
Belfast coach John Breen reckons his featherweight prospect Marc McCullough will learn a lot from his WBO European title victory over Martin Parlagi on Friday, June 20. McCullough was dropped heavily in the fourth round but battled back to outbox his Czech foe. Even though a laceration across the bridge of McCullough’s nose seemed ugly, Breen reckons that his fighter will be back out again on September 6 as part of the Frampton-Martinez undercard.
Promoter Barry McGuigan knows a good featherweight rumble when he sees one. The former world champion was, after all, involved in a few enticing scraps during his own ring career. On Friday, June 20 his young prospect Marc ‘Marco’ McCullough engaged in a throwback small hall brawl. McCullough possessed the tools necessary to avoid trench warfare and looked in control of the bout whenever he stood off and dictated behind his more considered jab. It was only when the Shankill Road man stepped inside and tried to slug it out with Czech opponent Martin Parlagi that his defence began to leak.
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Coalisland bruiser Conrad Cummings is looking forward to showcasing the skills he has been busy developing during his London training camps on this evening’s ‘Waterfront Brawl’ show. Trainer Shane McGuigan is working hard on tweaking the talented middleweight into more of a thinking fighter than an all-out wrecking ball.
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Belfast boxer Jamie Conlan has admitted that winning the WBO European super-flyweight belt has increased his motivation and made him eager for more title success. After stopping Belgium’s Benjamin Smoes in seven rounds in his last contest Jamie has been letting the cut heal that he sustained midway through that bout. The 27-year-old was suitably fixed-up in time to start sparring again as he prepares for the highly anticipated ‘Waterfront Brawl’ show on Friday, June 20.
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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.
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Jamie Conlan finally got a title belt around his waist following a seventh-round stoppage victory over durable Belgian Benjamin Smoes on Friday, April 4. Conlan’s bout was increased to a 12-round affair which will work in his favour whenever a case is made for British or Commonwealth title shots.
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Carl Frampton moved one step closer to a world title shot by stopping former two-time world champion Hugo Cazares in the second round. Entering the ring to the raucous atmosphere he has become accustomed to, Frampton was out to rubberstamp his credentials and prove that he belongs in the ring with the likes of WBC world champion Leo Santa Cruz.
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The huge April 4 Odyssey show is sold out and a thrilled Barry McGuigan is expecting plenty of quality bouts to keep an enthusiastic Belfast crowd entertained. The various governing bodies have been contacted and title fights approved. Jamie Conlan will face Benjamin Smoes for the WBO European super-flyweight belt while Eamonn O’Kane will hope to curry favour with the WBC as he tackles Mexico’s Alvaro Gaona for the organisation’s vacant International Silver middleweight title. Four bouts on the night will have belts on the line and if all goes to plan there could be some smaller hall shows planned later in the year for the new breed to flex their muscles on.