Gary Cully is the latest from a long line of fighting, Irish talent. Looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Steve Collins, Wayne McCullough and the recently retired, Carl Frampton.
Cullybegan boxing at the age of seven at St David’s Boxing Club in his home town of Naas. Just ten years later ‘The Diva’ claimed Gold at the European Youth Championships in Rotterdam in 2013.
The amateur accolades didn’t stop there as Cully went on to become a six-time underage Irish national champion and won the 2016 Haringey Box Cup in London.
The lightweight did have ambitions of becoming an Olympian at Tokyo this year, however after witnessing the atrocity at Rio 2016 Cully decided it would be the paid ranks where his future lay.
After turning professional in 2017, Cully has amassed 12 victories, with six stoppages, as he aims for win number 13 this Friday, June 25, in Bolton.
The 25-year-old will take on experienced contender Viorel Simion as the two men collide in a non-title 10 round bout at the University of Bolton Stadium.
The Irishman is coming in off the back of his destructive second round stoppage win over Viktor Kotochigov back in March, following on from a superb 2020 where he knocked out Joe Fitzpatrick inside one round for the vacant Irish title, and also earned a victory over Craig Woodruff.
Now all of his focus is on the former WBC International and IBF Intercontinental champion, who has only lost five out of 27 bouts, and has shared the ring with the likes of Shakur Stevenson, Lee Selby and Scott Quigg.
Simion has only been stopped twice in his career, Stevenson stopping him inside a round and Denys Berinchyk retired the Romanian in seven.
Gary will look to become the third man to stop Simion which will impress the crowd in attendance.
Part of the undercard MTK Global also feature Jay Harris vs. Ricardo Sandoval in an IBF flyweight title final eliminator, Paul Butler vs. Joseph Agbeko for the vacant WBO International bantamweight title, and Hosea Burton vs. Liam Conroy in a final eliminator for the British light-heavyweight title.