By Diarmuid Sherry
Marco McCullough appeared in a relaxed and confident mood today, as he weighed-in ahead of the Cyclone Promotions’ “All On The Line” show tomorrow, despite a late change of opponent.
Scotsman Jon Slowey was initially scheduled to face McCullough but had to withdraw from the fight a fortnight ago. In steps tough Spaniard, Sergio Prado, who is a former European Union Super Bantamweight Champion and European Title Challenger.
The opponent change hasn’t fazed McCullough, although he recognises that there are lots of differences in between boxing Slowey and boxing and Prado:
“It’s a completely different fight, Jon Slowey is more of a boxer and a counter-puncher, but this guy is going to come for a fight, he is a brawler and he can box a bit too. I’m expecting a harder fight to be honest. This guy can punch a bit and has some power, so I think it will be a better fight and a better fight for me.”
McCullough continued “I’ve had a good camp and everything is going well. I did have to change sparring partners at the last minute, we had Danny Connor over from England and had a good spar. I think I will just box him in the opening rounds, just to try and work him out, and hopefully if the chance comes later on in the fight I can take him out.”
Head trainer John Breen is also confident that his man will deal with the opponent change with few problems, and is happy with how McCullough has recovered from his shock defeat in Germany earlier this year:
“Marc was training for Slowey, a southpaw so all our sparring partners were southpaw, but 2 weeks ago, the opponent changed, and Prado will be a harder fight I think.Since Marc lost, he had one fight in Edinburgh, 5/6 weeks ago to bring him back in. The guy never hit him once, so Marc done a great job. It gave some more confidence in his head. He got beat, big deal that happens. He is a better fighter, and he could face that fighter 100 times and he would beat him 100 times.”