Big man drafted in for Phil Sutcliffe Jr

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Crumlin light welterweight Phil Sutcliffe [10(7)-1(0)] faces a giant test on his MGM debut in Liverpool tomorrow.

Admittedly not in level of opponent, more so the pure size of the man in the opposite corner at the Greenbank Sports Academy.

‘Succo’ will take on Lithuanian Edvinas Puplauskas [3(2)-3(0)] over six rounds on Merseyside. The Baltic boxer usually fights at light middleweight or welterweight and, at 6’2″, will tower over the Dubliner in the ring.

Puplauskas is intended to provide the heavy-handed Sutcliffe with some rounds and comes into the bout in good form having stopped Liverpool prospect Joe Wood last month.

On his opponent, Sutcliffe told that “The lad I am fighting has a couple of knock outs to his name and has only lost to English lads, so it’s not a bad start,” the 27 year old told

And while he memorably told that he studied his last opponent on a brief visit to the toilet, this time round the 27 year old joked that need to swap his stool for one of those toddler’s toilet accessories to hit the Jacks Pot and register a knockout punch.

“He is six foot two, which will be interesting. I might need my nephew’s jack’s step to be able to catch him clean in the head! But you know me I am happy to be in the ring and happy to getting a fight.”

The Merseyside card tomorrow is headlined by Kid Shamrock JJ Metcalf who faces the toughest fight of his career against unbeaten Cameroonian light middleweight Serge Ambomo (who went the distance with Puplauskas last month).

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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