‘Deutschland Destroyer’ – Deceptively dangerous Dutch step up Tiernan Bradley

Tiernan Bradley [4(2)-0] will make a step up on the double when he trades leather next month.

The Dublin-based Omagh fighter fights for the fifth time in just six months in Belgium on June 19.

The Steven O’Rourke trained fighter becomes the second Irish boxer officially confirmed on the All Eyez on Brussells 2 card after Keane McMahon’s return was announced yesterday.

Bradley’s bout doesn’t look as dangerous as McMahon’s on paper but is a step up, a test and a potential bannana skin.

The Conor Slater-managed stylist takes on Dutch puncher Wilson Sanchez Mendes [2(1)-1-1] on the Belgium card.

The Rotterdam fighter’s record makes for deceptive reading considering where and against who he has fought. Mendes has been plying his trade in Germany and has been causing upset away from home since he turned over.

The Dutch fighter has yet to fight a journeyman in his first four fights and upset two undefeated Germans via stoppage. Mendes also has a German away corner draw on his slate after going the distance with an 8-1-1 pro. His duck egg was burst last time out but Team Bradley will be aware he is a fighter who comes to the ring with a well-sharpened scalping knife.

Not only does the bout represent a step up for Bradley in terms of opponent he upgrades to eight rounds for the first time in his career. The significant move means Bradley would be domestic title approved but it appears he will remain fighting on the continent for now with America being the ultimate goal.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com