Gary Cully: “2023 Is The Year I’ll Become A Star”

Cully Hungry to Take His Career to the Next Level

Gary Cully expecting a big 2023
Gary Cully | Credit: Alex Livsey/Getty Images

Gary Cully Looking Towards the Big Stage in 2023!

Some fighters stand out more than others. That is literally the case with Irish lightweight Gary “The Diva” Cully (15-0, 9 KOs). Standing 6’2”, the southpaw is freakishly tall for the division. But his height is backed up with plenty of talent.

2022 has been a big year for the Irish lad. In March this year, he scored a signature win when he stopped ex-IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez in five rounds. Cully then signed a multi-fight deal with Matchroom promotions in August 2022. In his last outing, Cully sliced through previously undefeated Jaouad Belhemdi in one round.


Currently ranked thirteenth by the WBA at 135, “The Diva” fights in a division loaded featuring young stars such as unified champ Devin Haney, WBA ‘regular’ champ Gervonta “Tank” Davis, and top contenders such as Frank Martin.

Cully believes he’s on the cusp of reaching that level and competing with those fighters. During an interview with UK’s IFL TV, he expressed belief that 2023 is going to be a big year.

“I’m putting in big performances and believe that 2023 is going to be the breakout year for me . . . 2023 is the year that I believe I’ll become a star.

These guys are going to have to start to take notice of me. I’m moving up the rankings. I’m putting in big performances. I believe it’s only a matter of time before I start floating across the pond to take on the big names.”

His confidence is certainly understandable. Cully has displayed excellent boxing ability with power in both hands. The Irishman is very fluid in the ring, using his height to his advantage.

Coming off the stoppage of Vazquez in particular, the fighter believes it’s time to go for it and test himself. After all, the one thing you don’t do when you’re on the upward climb is settle or take any backward steps. Feeling he’s already the best lightweights in the UK, Cully is on a mission to display his talents abroad and show that he’s the future of the division.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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