Date issues prevented Philip Sutcliffe Jr from having a chance to immediately avenge his first career defeat.
‘Succo’ lost a majority draw decision to European #2 light welterweight Anthony Yigit in Germany on Saturday. The defeat was somewhat unexpected from him and his team and the fighter himself admits he under performed, however the Dub and those around him came out of the fight feeling not only were the already at European level, but they had the beating of the brilliantly nicknamed ‘Can You Dig It’.
As a result manager Pat Magee did all he could to secure a rematch. A substantial offer to rematch the former Senior Champion was made and Yigit’s promoters Sauerland accepted.
However, there was one stipulation, the fight had to take place before July 1. Magee tried to find a date and saw the FS Promotion June 25 National Stadium hosted fight night as ideal venue and time for the clash, but with George Groves fighting in London on the same evening Sauerland’s felt it wasn’t suitable.
As a result the fight an immediate rematch doesn’t look likely.
“I negotiated a return with the Sauerlands, we agreed terms, but there was issue with the date,” Magee told Irish-boxing.com.
“Yigit is out again in Sweden in September so they wouldn’t have the fight after July 1 and I couldn’t find a date to host the fight.
“We were looking at the FS Promotions card on June 25 and I am sure they wouldn’t have minded the fight on that card, but the Sauerlands have George Groves against Martin Murray in London that night and they had to be there so that date was a no go.”
“I couldn’t see them coming to me for a rematch so I went to them. I won’t say I made an offer they couldn’t refuse but we made one they didn’t refuse. We had agreed terms but unfortunately we couldn’t find a date for the fight.”