Ireland's Gary Cully sees his battle with Viktor Kotochigov as the first step towards a future lightweight title shot ahead of their showdown on the March 12th MTK Fight Night event. Cully (11-0, 5 KOs) faces Kotochigov (12-1, 5 KOs) at the University of Bolton Stadium next Friday, live in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. The Irishman is excited about the huge opportunity ahead of him. Cully said: “This is a massive fight... I fought at 140lbs in my last fight, so to be back at lightweight is fantastic as well. I want to start climbing up those rankings, and then hopefully I can be within touching distance of a world title shot this time next year.”
Elsewhere on the huge #MTKFightNight on March 12, Lewis Crocker defends his WBO European welterweight title against Deniz Ilbay, Isaac Lowe returns, Sahir Iqbal faces Liam Wells, Jordan Reynolds makes his professional debut against Robbie Chapman, Adam Azim is back in action, plus Carl Fail enters the paid ranks for the first time too.
It kicks off a huge 7 days, as on March 19, a massive #MTKFightNight takes place, as Lee McGregor challenges Karim Guerfi for his European bantamweight title, and Maxi Hughes meets Paul Hyland Jnr for the vacant British lightweight title.
The event on March 19 also sees Padraig McCrory face Germaine Brown in a clash of unbeaten super-middleweights, Shabaz Masoud goes up against Louis Norman, Jamie Robinson fights Billy Allington, Paul Ryan makes his professional debut against Kyle Hughes, and William Hamilton returns.