Ireland’s Gary Cully (15-0) commits his future to Matchroom Boxing as he puts pen to paper on a multi-fight contract extension.
‘The Diva’ vows to bring big-time boxing back to Dublin with intentions of headlining the 3 Arena as he signs a new deal with promotional giants, Matchroom.
Cully was making waves on the small hall scene, producing stellar performances and showing power as he scored vicious knockouts as part of his ascension through the lightweight rankings.
Following a big victory over Viorel Simion in 2021, ‘The Diva’ gained more recognition, and picked up a spot on the undercard of Wood vs Conlan, facing former world champion, Miguel Vazquez.
The Irishman grabbed the opportunity with both hands, producing a star-making performance to halt his Mexican opponent in round five. A few months after the victory, Cully would be signed by Matchroom and told IntuBoxing that he wants to bring boxing back to Ireland in a big way.
Cully’s first fight under the Matchroom banner came on the undercard of one of Ireland’s biggest boxing stars, Katie Taylor, in October. The Irishman wasted no time on this night, stopping the previously undefeated Jaouad Belmehdi in just 35 seconds.
‘The Diva’ now commits his future to Matchroom and has made his intentions clear on what he hopes to achieve in the near future.
“2022 was massive for me, the biggest year of my career so far. To get the opportunity to fight Miguel Vazquez on the big Wood vs. Conlan card back in March and to beat him in the fashion that I did was a massive statement. I kicked on from there and signed with Matchroom at the start of August which was a massive step forward in my career. It was a huge step for me and something that I’d been working towards for a long time. To get my official Matchroom debut against Jaouad Belmehdi on a big Katie Taylor undercard and to get a first round knockout in 35 seconds was great statement. Two big wins and two big knockouts set me up perfectly for a massive 2023.
“2023 I believe is the year where I really become a star and become a name in world boxing. I want to fight early in the year and get some ring time and get active. A big aim of mine this year is to fight at Croke Park back in my home on the undercard of the big Katie Taylor rematch with Amanda Serrano. Hopefully all going well that gets over the line and I’ll be in a position for a big fight on that card. I hope to be co-headlining on Katie’s show in a big fight against a Jorge Linares or another big name in the division. Moving on later into the year I’d like to return to Dublin and headline my own show. I want to become a force and a name back in my home at the 3Arena. Lots of big plans in 2023, lots of exciting times ahead and lots of big nights.”
Eddie Hearn also expressed his delight in securing a deal with the Irishman.
“Gary Cully enjoyed a Matchroom debut to remember and certainly caught the attention of the Lightweight division with an explosive first round knockout back in October,
“I was so impressed with that performance that I wanted to extend this deal further so we can get some solid plans in place to see Gary become a World Champion at 135lbs. He talks the talk and can clearly walk the walk and I believe that ‘The Diva’ is going to have an even bigger 2023. I have full belief that if Gary fulfils his potential he can become the next star of Irish Boxing.”
The Irishman doesn’t yet have a fight date for 2023, but he promises to build on the success he had in the previous year.