McCullough has to deliver on big stage against Russian rival

Marc McCullough
Marc McCullough

Marc McCullough is relishing the chance of mixing it with former IBF flyweight World champion Dmitry Kirillov in Belfast on September 6.

McCullough takes on Kirillov on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s IBF World title clash with Kiko Martinez.

The Shankill Road lad has been in impressive form of late and in his last fight he claimed the vacant WBO European featherweight title after beating Martin Parlagi on points at the Waterfront Hall.

That contest was a coming of age fight for McCullough - as he was down in the fourth before picking up a cut on the bridge of the nose when he clashed heads with Parlagi in the fifth.

Lesser men would not have fancied going into the trenches but McCullough showed that night that he has the guts and the heart to go a long way in the featherweight division.

But after that battle McCullough knows he has to perform against Kirillov on September 6.

“He is a former World champion, so he is no mug and I will have to be on my game.

“I learnt loads from the fight against Parlagi and I will be looking to improve against Kirillov.

“I am getting the fights that I have wanted for a while and I will be looking to deliver on September 6,” he added.

And Cyclone Promotions CEO Barry McGuigan says McCullough is ready for this test.

“This guy Kirillov is a former world champion, he’s very experienced and it’s going to be another great test.

“This is the kind of fight that will get him noticed on the world scene, this guy is well known because he has fought at such a high level.

“Marc now has this opportunity to show people that he can be the real deal.”

Conrad Cummings, Jamie Conlan, Eamonn Magee jnr are also on the bill - while Eamonn O’Kane looks like he will be also in the mix on September 6.