26 June 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Darren Sutherland plans to speed up his march towards the upper echelons of the super-middleweight division by fighting twice in the space of ten days.
The former amateur star, who has won his first three professional bouts, will take on Ukrainian Gennadiy Rasalev in a six-rounder at the York Hall on Tuesday.
Should Dazzler come through that contest unscathed, he will then make an appearance on the Tony Jeffries-headlined card at Sunderlands Seaburn Centre on June 10.
Sutherlands promoter, Frank Maloney, is in no doubt that Sutherland is up to the task of fighting twice in such a short space of time and believes that it will only boost the young Irishmans burgeoning popularity in England.
“The York Hall crowd is one of the most knowledgeable in the world and they know a good fighter when they see one, the veteran promoter mused. “I firmly believe that they will take to Darren and his popularity will quickly gain momentum in England.
“Every time I speak to Darren’s trainer Brian Lawrence he talks about the non-stop improvement.
“You improve most from ring action and two fights in ten days will bring Darren on no end. I’m proud to say there has been no Olympian busier than him and Tony Jeffries this year.
“I can’t believe that the two real Olympians are part of the FTM team.”