Phil Sutcliffe Jr [13(8)-2(1)] fell to the second defeat of his career last night in Leeds under controversial circumstances
The Crumlin light welter was stopped standing in the sixth round of his IBF East/West European title fight with Josh Leather [12(6)-0] at the First Direct Arena, live on BT Sport.
Referee Howard Foster’s decision to halt the bout – a split second after Sutcliffe had landed a shot and then tied up Leather – would lead to widespread criticism.
Sutcliffe’s dignified reaction however won plaudits for the Irishman.
Watch Phil Sutcliffe v Josh Leather in full below
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
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