Irish Lightweight Star Gary Cully Signs With Matchroom
Ireland’s undefeated Lightweight star Gary Cully has signed a long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
The 26-year-old from Naas earned an impressive career-best win last time out when he stopped former Lightweight World Champion Miguel Vazquez in five rounds on the huge Leigh Wood vs. Mick Conlan World Title bill in Nottingham.
‘The Diva’, who fights out of the Colosseum Gym and Unit 3 Fitness under the guidance of trainers Pete Taylor and Niall Barrett, has won all fourteen of his fights since turning professional in September 2017 at the Devenish Complex in Belfast.
Cully claimed the Irish Lightweight Title by wiping out Belfast’s Joe Fitzpatrick in the opening round of their clash at Ulster Hall in 2020 before adding the WBO European Title to his collection with a second-round stoppage win over Viktor Kotochigov at the Bolton White Hotel in 2021.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Matchroom Boxing team,” said Gary Cully. “I’ve had my sights set on joining Matchroom long before I turned professional so to finally be here is massive for me. My last fight was on a Matchroom card back in March – the huge Wood vs. Conlan bill. I saw how they did things and it reminded me that this is where I wanted to be. I’m glad to finally get it over the line.
“I’ve always said that with the right promotional team and the right backing I believe I can reach the very top of this sport and be a huge name in boxing. I believe that with Matchroom behind me I’m in the right place to do that. I’ve got big dreams in boxing; I want to be involved in the biggest fights with the biggest names. I want the likes of Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney.
“With Eddie and Matchroom backing me I’m in the right place to make these fights happen. I also have big dreams of brining big-time boxing home one day. I remember going to The O2 arena back in the day to see Bernard Dunne win his World Title when I was just a kid starting out in boxing. Ever since then I’ve dreamed of bringing boxing back home and having big fights back in Dublin one day. The ball is in my court now.
“I just need to keep putting those performances in that I have been in the last two years. I think the performance that I put in against Miguel Vazquez in March proved the level that I’m capable of operating at. He’s a former World Champion that has fought the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Timothy Bradley. He came over to the UK in the past and gave some big names a few problems there as well. The skills I showed and the way I got him out of there in the end proved that I can operate at the highest level.”
“I’m delighted to add rising Lightweight star Gary Cully to the growing Matchroom Boxing team,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn. “I was hugely impressed with how he dealt with former IBF Lightweight World Champion Miguel Vazquez on our show back in March after so many had previously struggled with him. I’m confident that win is a sign of things to come for one of Ireland’s most talented fighters. The Lightweight division is up there as the most exciting division in boxing and Gary has huge confidence in himself to make his own mark on it. With the backing of Matchroom Gary has all of the tools he needs to achieve his dreams.”
Aussie Super Lightweight Stevie Spark Signs With Matchroom
Australian Super-Lightweight contender Stevie Spark has signed a multi-fight deal with promotional giants Matchroom Boxing to become Eddie Hearn’s latest recruit down under.
The 25-year-old from Toowoomba in Queensland turned professional in 2014 whilst still a teenager, getting off to a perfect start with a TKO win over Kyle Teer at the Rumours International Centre in his hometown.
After a points loss to China’s Baishanbo Nasiyiwula in his second fight, ‘The Viking’ set about putting the Australian scene on notice, cutting a swathe through the Super-Lightweight and Welterweight divisions.
He suffered his second loss when he stepped in on late notice to fight Tim Tszyu for the Commonwealth Boxing Council and WBO Global Titles up at Super-Welterweight after Tszyu’s original opponent withdrew seven days out from the fight.
With 14 of Spark’s 15 wins coming by way of knockout, Spark promises to excite DAZN subscribers around the world with his all-action approach, and the former IBF and WBC Australasia Champion will have news on his next fight confirmed soon.
“This is a dream come true for me teaming up with Matchroom Boxing and huge news for Australian boxing,” said Spark. “We have a big fight announced shortly, I’ve been working for opportunities like this my whole career and I’m ready to make it count and announce myself on the world stage.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Stevie to the team and look forward to delivering him big opportunities,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn. “Stevie is an all-action fighter that is ready to fight anybody at 140lbs and will be confirmed in a big fight very soon. As we get set for our first Australian show, Stevie is just one of many new upcoming Australian additions to the Matchroom Boxing team.”
United Boxing Promotions and DAZN Sign Exclusive Multi-Fight Domestic and International Broadcast Deal
TORONTO – August 18, 2022 – United Boxing Promotions (UBP) today announced it has reached an exclusive multi-fight domestic and international partnership agreement with global sports entertainment platform DAZN, which will make DAZN the exclusive broadcaster for UBP championship fights in Canada as well as 180+ markets around the world (excluding Caribbean countries and territories).
“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with DAZN in coming years and take some of Canada’s biggest and brightest boxing stars to the next level by exposing them to the widest possible audiences in Canada as well as across the world with DAZN,” said Tyler Buxton, President of United Boxing Promotions. “This deal between DAZN and United Boxing Promotions is great news for boxing fans in Canada and we look forward to showcasing big events, some of Canada’s best fighters, and our sponsors to them as well as other audiences worldwide.”
Featuring UBP’s brightest up-and-coming male and female boxers, the first United Boxing Promotions event as part of the new agreement will be the highly anticipated doubleheader weekend on September 9th and 10th, live from the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario, and available both live and on-demand for DAZN subscribers.
“The multi-year deal with United Boxing Promotions further solidifies DAZN as the home of boxing in Canada as well as the global home of boxing, and we look forward to adding an ongoing slate of local fight nights featuring impressive homegrown Canadian talent to our schedule for fans both domestic and abroad,” said Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada. “The September 9th and 10th doubleheader will be a great start to this new partnership with United Boxing Promotions, with two events that will further bolster an exciting fall DAZN boxing schedule that also includes the thrilling trilogy showdown between Canelo and GGG on September 17 and blockbuster British battle Eubank Jr. vs. Benn on October 8.”
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