He claims he hasn’t thrown as a pro as of yet, something which might be hard to believe considering he has knocked over all of his nine foes, but Philip Sutcliffe Jr has been warned he might need the what is increasingly becoming known as the ‘SUCCO’ Punch on Saturday night.
The 26 year old big punching prospect has been handed the break through chance he has been waiting for, much to his surprise, and fights European #2 Anthony Yigit in Germany on Saturday night.
Germay’s reputation as the ‘Charlestown’- bank robbery capital of the world- of the World boxing has improved recently, but Sutcliffe has been warned not to expect to win a close fight.
Indeed, he gets the sense his manager Pat Magee is trying to to put the need for a stoppage on his mind.
Sparring stories, his amateur fights and indeed his nine pro outings suggest if any fighter had the power to take it out of the judges hands it’s Sutcliffe.
The Crumlin BC graduate is adamant he isn’t going into the fight with a stoppage on his mind, but did cheekly suggest he has yet to let loose as a pro.
“Pat has warned me the are prone to massive robberies here,” Sutcliffe told Irish-boxing.
“He might want me to get the knock out and settle his nerves! If I hurt him early I will be all over it, but I have to suss him out and see.
“I haven’t hit anyone with full power since I turned pro, lets just say that,” he continued.
“They have a rematch clause in place so they might not be over confident, which is good, but we are using Adidas gloves, I have never used them and I will have to see what they are like too. I will be taking my time, finding angles and picking my shots. I won’t be in there in a rush.”
Some Irish fans are already celebrating the fact Sutcliffe has the chance to show off his capabilities and punching power. All but christening this his break out fight, but the Dubliner is from good boxing stock and knows nothing is garanteed against the a former Olympian and the number 2 in Europe.
“I had a look at him a few times. He likes to come forward and has no problem standing in the pocket. He is a good boxer and very clever. He is a southpaw too and southpaws don’t usually like to come forward they run and you have to try break them down. I can’t take him for granted.”