Cully not feeling pressure ahead of redemption chance
Gary Cully insists that he isn't feeling the pressure ahead of his make-or-break clash with Reece Mould on the undercard of Katie Taylor undisputed super-lightweight world title rematch with Chantelle Cameron on Saturday at the 3Arena.
The Naas native (16-1, 10 KOs) suffered a stunning upset loss at the hands of Jose Felix last time out in May, with the unheralded Mexican (40-6-1) inflicting Cully's first defeat in the pros via a devastating third-round knockout in front of his his home support.
Cully's ten-round clash with Felix was supposed to be a routine win on what was the rising lightweight star's first outing as a professional in Dublin, but 'Josesito' had other ideas and forced his opponent to go back to the drawing board and completely change his training set-up.
"Something wasn't quite right with me," admitted Cully of the reverse, which also came on a Taylor-Cameron undercard.
"I didn’t really know it at the time, but my mind wasn’t fully focused. Everything was just planned for the party afterwards, the celebrations and reflecting on what a week and what a show it had been. I took my eye off having a fight in front of me.
"Probably being back in Dublin and back in Ireland I fell into that trap as well of 'The Diva Gary Cully’ – Gary is the guy and Gary is the man. I probably fell into that trap a little bit as well and started believing my own hype a little bit.
"I wanted to impress and thought I’d just walk through this kid. I just wasn’t fully focused, wasn’t fully focused on Jose Felix and I paid the price. This time it isn’t about a celebration or a party like last time was supposed to be.
"I’ve been through some ups and downs in my life, but that loss was definitely the hardest. It felt like the world was