McCullough withdraws from Point bout


Boxing:Wayne McCullough has withdrawn from his bout against Mexico's Francisco Mateos which was due to be part of the Hunky Dory Fight Night at the Point Theatre when Bernard Dunne headlines against Norway's Reidar Walstad for the European Super Bantamweight Title.

McCullough pulled out of the fight in Dublin on Saturday, June 23rd after a delay in confirming Mateos  as his opponent. The Mexican had some passport issues which caused problems with his travel arrangements.

McCullough was set to fly to Ireland from his Las Vegas home yesterday in preparation for the fight. 

"It's a great shame that Wayne won't be on the card," said promoter Brian Peters. "We worked very hard to secure the right kind of opponent for Wayne and finally came to an agreement earlier this week.

"He was due to leave his home in Las Vegas yesterday to fly to Dublin but Mateos had some passport issues we were tying to resolve. They were resolved earlier today but Wayne felt that he was not mentally prepared for the fight so he decided not to travel to Dublin.

"Of course it would have been great to see Wayne back in front of an Irish crowd and I think a lot of fans were looking forward to seeing him in action again but I have to respect his decision.

Peters was still confident of putting on a great night of boxing for the Irish public. "Bernard Dunne, of course, will be out to make amends for one of the few defeats of his amateur career when he takes on Reidar Walstad from Norway. Walstad is ranked number three in Europe, so there is no doubt he's a serious threat to Bernard's title."

Hunky Dorys Fight Night line-up
Point Theatre, Dublin (Saturday, June 23rd)

Bernard Dunne V Reidar Walstad - European Super Bantamweight Title
Neil Sinclair V Francis Jones
Oisin Fagan V Chill John
Jill Emery V Angel McKenzie
Lukasz Wawrzyczek V Ciaran Healy
Patrick Hyland V To Be Confirmed
John Timlin V Roland Horvath