Phil Sutcliffe Jr [10(7)-1(0)] begins his MGM career tonight in Liverpool and the Crumlin light welter is hoping that the move will facilitate the greater level of activity and progression that he craves.
Indeed Succo feels that the link-up can help him secure the big fights against domestic opposition that have so far eluded him. The Dub did get an opportunity to put himself into European title contention, but was below par in a close short notice fight with Anthony Yigit in Germany. That fight aside he has had a frustrating time proving too risky a fight for many, and he is keen to get busy under new management.
“To be honest I am just happy to be getting out this weekend,” he told Irish-Boxing.com
“I have had seen fights fall through since turning over. You see the English guys knock me back too then they take fights against nobodies it is frustrating, but now there is a plan to make sure people can’t avoid me. Now I can train with dates in mind, spar and watch my weight with actual dates set.”
“It’s a positive move. I signed on good terms especially considering fights. They have promised me good fights and say they can make big fights for me if I keep winning. Also they are the guys with the shows so it’s a good move for me.”
“They are talking big fights and that excites me. Since I started out I have been asking for big fights and names, but I couldn’t get them. That seems like it will change now as MGM say they can make those fights for me. ”
Tonight at the Greenbank Sports Academy he faces the sizeable challenge of 6’2″ light middleweight Edvinas Puplauskas, and explained that it is step one on the road to big fights.
Outlining his new road map, Sutcliffe described how “they [MGM] asked if I wanted to two warm up fights and then a big fight. Preferably I wanted an eight rounder then two meaningful 10 rounders and then a big fight.”
“I have a six rounder this weekend then hopefully I get out twice before Christmas. If those are 10 rounders then that will be great, hopefully a ranking title along the way. MGM have promised big fights and I am confident they can deliver.”
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