“I don’t want handy ones” – Phil Sutcliffe Jr ready for Kazakh KO artist

Some may argue it’s not the ideal comeback opponent.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr [13(8)-2(1)] returns from his controversial stoppage reverse to Josh Leather, suffered in May, with a clash against an unbeaten fighter with an impressive stoppage record.

The Crumlin fighter faces Kazakh-born German Andreas Maier [7(5)-0] over six rounds on the Ginley Promotions bill at The Devenish Complex.

Some may describe it as a risky comeback bout for ‘Succo,’ especially those who saw Maier destroy 16-1 home fighter Atif Shafiq in under a minute on an ITV4 bill in Preston earlier this year.

The 28 year old Dubliner might think ‘risk’ is an exaggeration, but he does believe he may be in for a test – and, typical to his approach, that is something he is more than content with.

“I got the opponent the night before the MTK show [Frampton Reborn] in the Odyssey Arena,” he told Irish-Boxing.com

“He has seven fights and seven wins, five stoppages, a German lad. So it’s not a handy one, but I don’t want handy ones. You know me, I never ask for a handy one, so it’s a good fight.”

“I am training nine weeks now and I can’t wait,” Sutcliffe added ahead of the chief support bout on the ‘Danger at The Devenish 2’ card in West Belfast.

‘Succo’ hasn’t fought in over six months and is itching for a return.

He revealed MTK Global offered him the chance to return sooner and admits he should have said yes. Regardless, he is back this Friday on what is shaping up to be a solid night of action in Belfast and can’t wait to trade leather again.

“I am itching to get back in. I should have got back in a long time ago, but the way Summer worked out with holidays planned it just didn’t happen.”

“I can’t wait to get back in there now. To be honest it wasn’t that frustrating because it was May when I last fought and then it was holiday season and then there was a break. There were shows and fights offered to me after that and I said no.”

“I should have boxed a couple of weeks ago and I turned that down too, I shouldn’t really have, but I can’t wait to fight now. I am itching to get back in.”

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

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