In our Top Prospects series, were looking at some of the top prospects in boxing at the moment. Not just young boxer’s, but prospects who at any age are starting out and who have the potential to really do something in the sport, and who have already shown glimpses of what they can do.
Earlier this week I caught up with Kildare native and hard-hitting lightweight prospect Gary Cully 3-0 (2 ko’s). The 6’2 southpaw recently claimed his third win this year on the massive Frampton Reborn card in Belfast –
KO – So Gary, looking back at your last win over Kane Baker, how would you rate your performance?
GC – Honestly I was disappointed not to stop him. I had him out on his feet in round 4 and I think if it was a 6 rounder I dont think he would have come out for the fifth. But it was a good learning fight, I was against a bigger man with a winning record so it was a good win to get under the belt.
KO – And this is your first year as a pro, was it always your ambition to turn over?
GC – Yeah it’s always been my ambition and my plan to go pro. Obviously I had a good amateur record and won national titles but going pro was always the plan for me.
KO – So far out of your 3 fights, you’ve had 2 fights in big arena’s on tv cards, whats that been like?
GC – That’s it, at this stage I’ve more experience on the big shows already! To be honest, it’s a totally different set-up and approach. On the small-hall shows it’s with your friends and family all around you up to the fight, whereas on the big shows your in the hotel by yourself and straight to the venue, so there’s a more professional approach to it I guess.
But obviously the small hall shows are important vital to boxing, and il be back there soon no doubt as il be building my record over the next few years.
KO – So far you’ve been on a Frank Warren & Eddie Hearn show. Has there been any approach from them to sign you or what’s the situation?
GC – Im still a free agent at the moment, obviously managed by MTK who are doing a great job for me. To be honest, it’s working well for me at the moment to get fights on different shows. But down the line when im chasing titles il want a fixed promoter at some stage.
KO – At 6 foot 2, your massive for the weight (lightweight). Have you thought about moving up through the weights or is it on the card’s?
GC – I could do Welter if I wanted but im actually making lightweight really easy at the moment. It’s great to have the option there as I progress but at the moment im strong at the weight and feeling good, and obviously it’s good to have that height and reach advantage at lightweight!
KO – And looking ahead, whats your plan then for 2018?
GC – I have a clear path I want to follow, I want an Irish title, then european then world. I feel like even now im ready for an Irish title fight. If the opportunity came for a European shot obviously id grab it. But next year it will be more of the same, keeping busy and learning all the time and building my record.