Tyrone McCullagh eased to victory over Alvaro Rodriguez last night in his first defence of his WBO European Super-Bantamweight title.
McCullagh was in cruise control against Rodriguez at the Eagles Community Centre in Newcastle.
All three judges scored the fight for McCullagh – on cards of 98-92, 98-92 and 96-94 – as the Derry southpaw made light of Rodriguez.
“He was very awkward,” McCullagh, who improves his pro record to 13-0, said afterwards.
“He was very unorthodox.. Anytime I was trying to attack him, he was dipping his head really low.
“It wasn’t great, but I got the win.”
McCullagh will look to be out later in the summer and a possible all-Irish bout with TJ Doheny among the mooted paths for the Glen Road man.
He said: “Hopefully that win will get me in the top ten of the WBO. I want to push on for world titles.
“I have to improve on that performance. I do believe I have the ability to fight for a world title.
“He took me down a level and the better quality of opponents I face, the better I’ll become.”
🗣 "I have the ability to fight for a world title…"@WhiteChoc90 is aiming high after a successful first defence of his WBO European title.
— MTK Global 🌍 (@MTKGlobal) May 4, 2019
Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years’ experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.