We at Celtic fighter have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many great athletes, but one whom we’ve established a lasting bond with over the past year is pro boxer Marc ‘Marco’ McCullough.
Unfortunately Marc has been off the radar in recent months, following a tough loss to Isaac Lowe for the Commonwealth featherweight title on the Frampton-Quigg undercard back in February. We’ve seen very little of Marco since the fight but have kept our eye on what he’s been doing in the wake of this disheartening defeat.
A split from his long-time trainer, a new management team and a fresh approach to training, are just some of the changes which the Shankill Road man has undergone over the past 7 months. All changes that Marc clearly felt were needed to help him revitalise his career and get back in the ring, fighting better than ever.
In light of this, and with a fight on the horizon, we thought we’d catch up with the popular featherweight and find out exactly what has transpired since we saw him last and what his plans are going forward.
It’s obviously been a while since we last caught up with you but you’ve been busy in that time. Can you give us a quick rundown of events following the Lowe fight, your time away from boxing, your signing with a new management team and your training out of a new gym?
It’s been a hard few months from my last fight. I didn’t know where I could go from there and started to doubt myself. I just wasn’t myself on the night and couldn’t figure out why. So I put everything behind me and I just went back to an amateur club. I got back to the basics and just started to re-learn and re-build. It was only then that I realised, that over the year I had picked up a lot of bad habits and maybe my last training camp wasn’t as good as I thought it was for me.
I thought after the last defeat I just needed to change things up, and see how it went with a new team around me. I spoke with MGM and their plans for me sounded great. They were able to guarantee that they could keep me active which was a crucial part of my move.
Have you been over to their camp to train and if so is it something that you will be continuing to do?
I went to MGM Glasgow initially and then travelled to Liverpool for a couple of weeks to see how different teams worked. Being in Belfast my whole career, I thought that I might be missing out on something but after spending time over there it became clear that the training isn’t so different and I can get exactly what I need right here at home. So, for now anyway, my training will be done in Belfast.
How have you found the past few months? Have the changes reinvigorated you and set you back on the right track?
Over these past few months I have learned a lot about myself, both as a fighter and, more importantly, as a person. I have been tested, but I have come out the other end unscathed and knowing that boxing is still my passion.
Have there been any major changes to the training itself?
This camp’s been incredibly hard because almost everything is different to what I’ve been used to. My body is in a state of shock at all the new training methods and styles, but at the end of the day all that matters is that I’m enjoying it again and working as hard as ever.
Tell us a little more about this upcoming fight? How are you feeling heading into it with a new team behind you?
I’m excited about getting out of the gym and into the ring again. With all of the training I’ve put in and the changes I’ve made, it will take a few fights for everything to come together. However I’m looking and feeling very good in the gym.
What is your plan heading forward? What goals have you and your team set out to achieve?
After speaking with MGM and spending time over there training, it is clear that they are looking to push me forward fast and are already talking about getting me into title contention very soon. I can’t say much more than that for now but these next few weeks should be huge for me. You will all just have to keep an eye out for what the future has in store.
Marc is scheduled for his first fight under the MGM banner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow tomorrow evening (15th September) and we wish him all the best!