WATCH: Phil Sutcliffe Jr v Josh Leather – FULL FIGHT

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)

Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey speak to Jason Quigley on Episode 5 of The Irish Boxing Show:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: