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Uncertainty for Phil Sutcliffe Jr following Belfast postponement

Light welterweight Phil Sutcliffe Jr [12(7)-1(0)] was meant to be stepping into the ring this Saturday in Belfast for a fight with an English prospect, but his plans have been jiggled about.

Illness to headliner Jamie Conlan means that the entire show has been postponed three weeks. While Queensberry Promotions have stated that the card will remain the same, there may be changes for ‘Succo.’

The Dubliner has a big fight in Leeds on May 13th against Josh Leather, which would have came 12 weeks after a fight date this weekend. The three week delay however may scupper the plans to have two big bouts, such is the precise nature of preparations for professional boxing.

Sutcliffe explained to Irish-Boxing.com that “I was meant to be fighting a guy, Lee Gillespie, he’s 7-1. He wasn’t any pushover, Johnny Coyle was the man who beat him, and he won Prizefighter.”

“I’ve been training the last six weeks and I’ve been looking forward to Belfast and getting a good win. They got me a good opponent. It would have been a good fight for the following fight, I’d take a week off, and then I’d be back in camp. It meant that I’d be fresh getting into the ring [for the Leather fight] so I wouldn’t be rusty.”

The postponement could enforce changes for the Crumlin star who outlined how “I’m just waiting to hear whether I’ll be fighting on that show, because I have a big fight in May so it all depends. I might just take a warm-up fight. We’ll see how the training goes, how the preparation goes.”

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