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Najib in for Araujo to take on McCullagh

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Najib in for Araujo to take on McCullagh

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Najib in for Araujo to take on McCullagh

Razaq Najib has entered the #GoldenContract quarter-finals after Mexico’s Carlos Araujo was forced to withdraw from the tournament. The four matches can be seen live in the United States on the streaming service ESPN+ and on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.

Sheffield’s Najib (11-3, 2 KOs) steps up to take on Tyrone McCullagh (13-0, 6 KOs) after Araujo fell ill ahead of the featherweight tournament; resulting in a huge unexpected career opportunity for ‘Lionheart’ Najib.

MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “This is obviously disappointing for Araujo and his team but the beneficiary is Najib, who now has a chance to change his life.

“We saw a lot of drama in the draw down at Repton the other day in front of the Sky Sports cameras and now we have some more in this latest twist. Najib will be prepared and ready to seize his chance.

“Of course, it’s another twist for Tyrone McCullagh as well. He’ll have been preparing for Araujo the last few days, studying him and now he has to adjust his sights again. Who knows what’s going to happen.”

McCullagh said: “Obviously I’ve been getting ready for Araujo and now I have to quickly reset with Najib my late-notice opponent.

“I’ve said all along that it doesn’t really matter who I fight. I’ve had that attitude from the very start so from that perspective, I plan to beat Najib the same as I planned to beat Araujo and then go on to claim the whole thing.”

Joining McCullagh vs. Najib in the quarter-finals is Leigh Wood vs. Davey Oliver Joyce, Jazza Dickens vs. Carlos Ramos and Hairon Socarras vs. Ryan Walsh. as well as the tournament bouts taking place in York Hall, the entire undercard can be seen as well and will be broadcasted worldwide on Youtube at the iFL TV page.

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