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Phil Sutcliffe Jr warms up for Josh Leather fight with Belfast stoppage

Phil Sutcliffe Jr prepared for his big fight in Leeds in May with a destructive win in Belfast tonight.

The Crumlin light welterweight fought in a warm-up six rounder on the ‘Belfast Boys Are Back’ card at the Waterfront Hall to keep sharp ahead of the IBF Inter-Continental title bout with undefeated Englishman Josh Leather [11(5)-0]

The opening fight of the televised portion of the undercard, Sutcliffe took on chunky Nicaraguan Miguel Aguilar and bludgeoned his way to a stoppage win.

Aguilar had fought Derry light middleweight Connor Coyle last month but his larger size, in the end, posed little issue to Sutcliffe who scored a fourth round stoppage.

It was a slow start however from the Dubliner who was twice caught in the opener by Aguilar, once being knocked off balance, but Sutcliffe would soon assume control.

‘Succo’ was on top in the second, and began to time his big hands more effectively.

The MTK boxer raised the tempo in the third and visibly hurt Aguilar with a body shot as well as landing plenty up top.

Aguilar was a durable foe, but the constant shots of Sutcliffe were causing damage, and the towel was finally thrown in in the fourth with the Nicaraguan being battered from pillar to post.

Sutcliffe Jr improves his record to 13(8)-1(0) with the warm-up win. Aguilar falls to 11(5)-32(8)-1.

All eyes are now on Saturday May 13th and the First Direct Arena for the big fight with Leather.

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