Marc McCullough knows he will have to be on the money when he faces Martin Parlagi for the WBO European Featherweight title at the Waterfront Hall on Friday night.
McCullough has moved slowly but surely up the rankings and at the ‘Waterfront Brawl’ he will get the chance to make another statement against Parlagi.
But the fighter from Slovakia is not coming to make up the numbers as he is unbeaten after 14 professional fights with eight knock-outs on his record.
McCullough is on the verge of a shot at the British title – but he knows he cannot take Parlagi for granted.
“He does have a good amateur record. I was talking to Paddy Barnes who said that he remembers him and said he’s quite good.
“He fought at flyweight in the amateurs and this is a different game. He’s a bit blown up now so we’ll see if he can handle my strength.”
And McCullough believes Parlagi’s power seems to weaken the longer the fight goes on.
“All of his knockouts seem to be in the first round so he comes at you for the first couple of rounds and if he doesn’t put you out early then he seems to go the distance.
“Once he feels my power from the third and fourth onwards then I’ll take over,” added McCullough.
And McCullough’s trainer John Breen also knows his fighter has to be wary in the opening rounds.
“It will be Marc’s hardest test because this guy said himself that he’s coming here to win.
“Marc’s trained very hard and we’ve also been in with southpaws as preparation.
“Marc likes to fight, he likes to have a go. The first few rounds will be difficult but after four rounds or so Marc’s power will start to tell.”
And Parlagi says he is here to win and take the title home with him.
“I am at my peak and I don’t just want to go out there and blast him out, I want to win on points. That way it is even more of an achievement to have won on points away from home.”