Trainer John Breen expects fireworks when his young charge Marc McCullough takes to the ring at the Odyssey on Saturday night.
Shankill Road man McCullough will take on former Prizefighter and European Champion Willie Casey for the Irish title.
Casey also fought for the WBA World title - where he was stopped by Guillermo Rigondeaux in the first round - but Breen has no concerns with letting McCullough swapping leather with ‘Big Bang.’
“I think Marc will stop him. Willie is a wee gentleman, but I think Marc will just have too much for him. Casey came to the gym a while back and sparred with Marc six or seven times, so we know what he is all about.
“Marc hurt him with body shots and I expect him to win the fight and even stop Casey,” he added.
And Breen believes McCullough is starting to show why he has been highly thought by people in boxing circles.
“Marc is a good fighter and he will show that at the Odyssey. This is a great chance for him to show what he is capable of. Willie is a former Prizefighter and European Champion. He also fought for a World title, so when he beats Casey it will be a great scalp for Marc to have. People will have to sit-up and take notice of him.
“It is an exciting fight and it is one that Marc can win and then move on to bigger and better fights. But we are totally focused on Casey,” said the Belfast-based trainer.
“I stopped sparring a day early because Marc and Jamie Conlan were flying and ready to go. They have both looked strong, sharp and fit.”