Tyrone McCullagh Becomes Celtic Champion Despite Knockdown

Irishman Tyrone McCullagh, overcame a third round knockdown to win the Super Bantamweight Celtic title, at the Odyssey arena in Belfast.

On paper, with both men undefeated in double digit fights, the fight appeared to be a tough match up. But pre fight predictions often get it wrong, and this fight was no different. McCullagh boxed a near perfect fight to frustrate and outmanoeuvre Ham over 10 rounds.

The fight started at a snail’s pace as neither man was willing to take the risk of engagement. McCullagh standing behind a southpaw stance popped out some relaxed jabs to take the opener. In the second there was more movement from the Irishman. He kept his distance well using the jab, moving his feet, and countering. Ham tucked his chin behind his gloves, and tried to land his own counters inside, but his opponent was too good moving in and out.

Outworked and out-boxed, the Scotsman looked like he might lose another round in the third.  However he landed a big overhand right/hook which dropped his opponent towards the end of the round.

It looked like the momentum might shift as Ham was more active in the early part of the fourth round. However McCullagh seemed to switch back on, this time using more foot movement to keep out of range. He displayed excellent footwork and spatial awareness though-out the fight, to land punches, and avoid the reply. Ham tried to land inside and had minor success with some meaty right hooks. However whenever he had any success it was dulled by the volume punching of his opponent.

Ultimately Tyrone McCullagh had more efficient skills, a better strategy, and was more active in a near flawless performance. The official scorecards read 97-92 and 98-92 twice.

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