Tyrone McCullagh is zeroing in on WBO European Title rival Josh Kennedy, ahead of their hotly-anticipated clash at Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre, live on BoxNation on October 5th.

‘White Chocolate’ won the Celtic Super-Bantamweight crown last time out and steps up again to face another 11-0 fighter in Kentish visitor Kennedy, who is covered in body art.

McCullagh said: "Those face tattoos of his simply provide me with targets to aim for.

"I don’t know the guy and I don’t even follow him on social media so I’m not going to start any fake ‘beef’ but my mates have sent me screenshots of his posts. Let’s face it – he’s a muppet.

"Despite his tattoos and fashion sense, I’ve nothing against him really and he’s another step up for me having been English Champion.

"I’ve seen a few clips of him on YouTube but I tend to focus on myself rather than on my opponent. I know he had a split decision win over Michael Ramabaletsa, who’s not got a great record but it’s slightly misleading because he took Ryan Doyle very close.

"The bottom line is that Kennedy is an undefeated fighter like myself but I don’t believe that he’s been in with the same calibre of opponent as I have up to this point.

"It’s nights like this that inspired me to start boxing in the first place. It’s been a long, hard road but finally I’m reaping the rewards. When I beat Kennedy, I’ll be knocking at the door of the top 10 in the world."

McCullagh faces Kennedy on a stacked bill that also includes the likes of top Heavyweight David Price, world-ranked Nathaniel May, Steven Ward, Conrad Cummings and many more.