Undefeated Irish sensation Gary Cully will take on experienced contender Viorel Simion on next week's action-packed #MTKFightNight event.
The two men collide in a non-title 10 round bout at the University of Bolton Stadium on Friday 25 June, on a massive card live on IFL TV which also features Jay Harris vs. Ricardo Sandoval in an IBF flyweight title final eliminator, Paul Butler vs. Joseph Agbeko for the vacant WBO International bantamweight title, and Hosea Burton vs. Liam Conroy in a final eliminator for the British light-heavyweight title.
Cully (12-0, 6 KOs) is back after his destructive second round stoppage win over Viktor Kotochigov back in March, following on from a superb 2020 where he knocked out Joe Fitzpatrick inside one round for the vacant Irish title, and also earned a victory over Craig Woodruff.
Cully, known as 'The Diva', was a successful amateur, winning six junior titles and a European Youth gold medal. He was also a gold medallist and 'Best Overall Boxer' at the Haringey Box Cup in 2016, shortly before turning pro.
Trained by Peter Taylor, the 25-year-old from Naas has a stiff challenge ahead of him against a man that has won regional titles with the WBC and IBF.
Former WBC International and IBF Intercontinental champion, Simion (22-5, 9 KOs), has shared the ring with the likes of Shakur Stevenson, Lee Selby and Scott Quigg, and has been stopped just twice in 27 professional fights.
Ranked No.1 in Romania, the 'Bombardierul' defeated the current European featherweight champion, Andoni Gago, in his last nig win in 2016. Since then, he has had notable defeats to Scott Quigg, over the 12-round distance, and his last three reverses were to unbeaten prospects Shakur Stevenson; Denys Berinchyk; Samuel Molina.
It will be a stern test for Cully, but he will be encouraged to know that his forthcoming foe has lost four from his last five fights.
Other fights now confirmed for the card sees Jordan Reynolds (1-0) take part in his second professional contest against dangerous Jan Ardon, who many felt should have got the decision against John Hedges during their clash back in October.
Tyrone McCullagh (14-1, 6 KOs) makes his highly-anticipated return, going up against Brett Fidoe, who is coming off an impressive win against John Patrick Harker earlier this month.
Elsewhere on the bill, Dublin rising star Pierce O'Leary (6-0, 2 KOs) is back in action, Liverpool's Blane Hyland (3-1) takes on Reiss Taylor, and Inder Bassi (2-1) goes up against MJ Hall.