‘The Waterfront Brawl’ is now just two days away as Belfast gears up for a night of fantastic WBO Championship boxing at the iconic Waterfront Hall on Friday the 20th of June. Belfast’s Marc McCullough features in the main event against Slovakia’s undefeated Martin Parlagi for the vacant WBO European Featherweight title.
These two highly rated Featherweight prospects face off over ten rounds for the vacant strap and the chance to be rated in the top-15 of the WBO World rankings. It promises to be an explosive contest between two of the most exciting Featherweight prospects in Europe and Cyclone Promotions are delighted to bringing big-time boxing back to Belfast.
The talented McCullough gets his chance to get his hands on a title as he faces his stiffest test to date in Parlagi. The Prague based Parlagi is a former amateur star who competed at the AIBA World Championships in 2007 and 2009 for his country as well as reaching the 2008 European Amateur Championships quarterfinals. Since turning professional Parlagi has amassed an impressive 14 – 0 record with 8 knockouts and captured the Czech Lightweight title before returning to Featherweight where he has looked a real handful.
McCullough will be unfazed by his undefeated opponent as the Belfast stylist looks to
put on a show for his thunderous home support. His impressive stoppage of Limerick’s former European Super Bantamweight champion Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey in October of last year put Marc on the map as a genuinely exciting prospect at Featherweight. His last outing was a three round destruction of late replacement Elemir Rafael at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on the undercard of Frampton/Cazares in April. This vacant WBO European title fight will provide Marc with an opportunity to break into the top-15 of the WBO World rankings and establish himself as a contender at domestic and continental level.
“Fight night is nearly here and all the hard work I have been putting is about to pay off. I have waited a long time for a chance like this and I am ready to take it. I know that my opponent is a very good boxer but no one is going to stop me getting my hands on that title. I can’t wait for Friday night!” stated a buoyant McCullough.
Newly crowned WBO European Super Flyweight champion Jamie Conlan is ecstatic to be back in action so soon after his recent championship bout. The WBO World number 11 ranked Super Flyweight suffered a cut before demolishing Belgium’s Benjamin Smoes in front of a raucous Odyssey Arena crowd on April 4th to claim his first title.
Conlan will be looking to put on a similarly impressive display at the Waterfront Hall on June 20th when he defends his title against Hungarian Bantamweight champion Gabor Molnar. The British number one will look to defend his title in style and the man they call ‘The Mexican’ will then focus his attention on a British title shot before the end of 2014.
“I have a job to do on Friday night and I am one hundred percent focused on Gabor Molnar. I want to fight for the British title soon but I cannot overlook this opponent and I want to put on show for my fans. The Waterfront Hall is going to be rocking and I can’t wait to get in there and defend my title,” stated Conlan.
Cummings takes another step on his journey to the top as he makes his third outing as a professional on the 20th of June. The Coalisland pressure fighter looked frighteningly explosive in his second pro fight on April 4th at the Odyssey Arena and Cummings will be eager to continue his impressive progression under trainer Shane McGuigan on the undercard of ‘The Waterfront Brawl’ when faces off against Hungary’s Lajos Munkacsi. “I feel stronger and more confident with every camp and I am already back in training for the 20th of June and feeling good. It will be great to get back out in front of my fans and the brilliant Belfast crowd. My opponent is very experienced and he likes to stand and trade so it is going to be an explosive fight,” stated a determined Cummings.
Limerick’s former European Super Bantamweight champion Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey makes his comeback on the undercard of ‘The Waterfront Brawl’ against Poland’s Krzysztof Rogowski in a six-round international Featherweight contest.
Former amateur international Rogowski will provide Casey with a tough test before
bigger opportunities later in the year for ‘Big Bang’. Belfast’s big Conall Carmichael makes his long awaited comeback on the 20th of June against Uganda’s Moses Matovu in a four-round international Cruiserweight contest. Former amateur star Carmichael lost last time out in the Prizefighter Cruiserweights tournament and is determined to get back to winnings ways.
Also featuring on the undercard of ‘The Waterfront Brawl’ is former Olympian and red-hot Featherweight prospect Isaac Dogboe. The former Ghanaian amateur star has been sparring Ring Magazine World number one Super Bantamweight and Belfast’s leading Boxing star Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton for the past year and the twenty year-old Dogboe is now ready to burst onto the British and Irish Boxing scene on June 20th when he meets Turkey’s Nedim Kara over four rounds.
Cyclone Promotions CEO Barry McGuigan is excited at what is shaping up to be an excellent night of Championship Boxing on the 20th of June at the Waterfront Hall.
“‘The Waterfront Brawl’ this Friday at the Waterfront Hall is going to be a great night of boxing headlined by a genuine fifty-fifty fight between Marc McCullough and the undefeated Martin Parlagi. The vacant WBO European Featherweight title is on the line and a top-15 World ranking awaits the winner. It is going to be a fantastic scrap and a career defining fight for both fighters. We are all very confident Marc will win and win in style but it will be his toughest fight to date, no doubt about it. Jamie Conlan is rapidly moving up the rankings at Super Flyweight and he will get his chance to defend his new title against Hungarian Bantamweight champion Gabor Molnar put himself and with a convincing victory he can put himself in a position to fight for a British title by the end of the year. Conrad Cummings has impressed us all of late and we look forward to seeing him in action against a seasoned professional and taking the next step of his professional Boxing journey. It is exciting times for Belfast boxing and this Friday the 20th of June promises to be an electric evening of Championship Boxing.”
There are some tickets still available at £30, £40 and £60 from www.waterfront.co.uk or the Box Office on 028 9033 4455.
For VIP Packages call 0845 900 3765 or go to www.cyclonepromotions.com
Doors Open at 6pm on 20/06/14.