Blanchardstown light welter Darragh Foley has sensationally called out Phil Sutcliffe Jr for a big-hitting Dublin derby in the new year.
The Sydney-based knockout artist wants to return to his homeland for a scrap with Sutcliffe [11(7)-1(0)] in September.
Foley [10(7)-2(0)] has seemingly taken issue with Sutcliffe’s assertion that Irish fighters do not want to fight him, and has called out the Crumlin banger in no uncertain terms.
The fight pledge comes following a year in which a weight-drained Foley lost his Australian lightweight title to Brandon Ogilvie. The Dubliner has since moved back up to his more natural weight of 140lbs where he has won, and defended, the WBA Oceanic title and looks set to enter the organisation’s rankings.
Reflecting on his year, Foley told Irish-Boxing.com how 2016 was a “frustrating year, very frustrating. I should’ve fought more but got injured twice and I had to pull out. I don’t pull out.”
“Hard year but I learned a lot.”
Foley plans to put this into practice in 2017, and already has a blueprint mapped out in his mind that not only features Sutcliffe, it also includes a desire to fight much-avoided Filipino Czar Amonsot.
“I will tell you exactly what will happen,” he continued. “March – defence [of WBA Oceania title]. June – Amonsot. September – Sutcliffe Jr.”
“I saw him say a while back that no Irishman will fight him… don’t disrespect me like that, whilst I’m alive I’ll fight any fucking man on this planet.”
The 28 year old wants a homecoming, and proposed “September, O2 Dublin. banger against banger. Dublin v Dublin. Someone’s taking a nap. Fight doesn’t go three rounds. Trust me.”
“MGM get your wallet out.”
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show