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Phil Sutcliffe Jr – “I can do anything in the ring, but if the punch comes, it comes”

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Phil Sutcliffe Jr‘s massive power works against him in more than one way.

The Crumlin light welter has long found it hard to secure notable opponent, but he also feels that his knockout punch has led to the other facets of his game being overlooked by onlookers.

The 2009 EU bronze medalist faces two-time British title challenger Chris Jenkins [16(8)-1(0)-1] this Saturday on the Belfast Boxnation show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, and believes that he has the ability to win the fight whichever way he wants.

Sutcliffe [11(7)-1(0)] spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about the ‘Homecoming’ clash and stressed that it is not just his power that viewers should be on the lookout for. The 27 year old described how “people will always say that about me, that I just can punch, but that doesn’t phase me. I know what I can do, I can do anything in the ring, I can go southpaw, I can go orthodox, I can go around, left, right, up, down, whatever. Whatever happens is going to happen and I’m okay with that.”

“People talk about the punch all the time, but if the punch comes, it comes. Yeah I’ll hurt him with most of my shots, but that’s not the ‘plan,’ I’ll just take my time and enjoy the fight.”

While the Anthony Yigit loss during the Summer came at short notice and on away soil, Sutcliffe has had ample time to prepare for Jenkins. The Prizefighter winner looks to be a big test for the Dubliner, albeit one which he has long called for, and Sutcliffe admits that “this fighter is no bum and I’m looking forward to sharing the ring with his him

“I feel good, I’ve had a good four weeks of proper training, lacking a bit of sparring, but other than that everything’s gone great.

“I watched a couple of his fights and I’ll watch a couple more of his fights tomorrow, just a little more of an attention-to-detail look. He brings a good fast pace, but I’m accustomed to all that he has and I’m not worried. If he can last he can last, but we’ll see what happens.”

“This one’s going to be exciting.”

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

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie