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Sutcliffe Jnr Irish Title disappointment – but show must go on

Philip Sutcliffe Jnr’s dream of winning the Irish light-welterweight title on just his fifth professional outing was ended yesterday following the withdrawal of Michael Kelly from their planned November 2nd clash at the Our Ladies Hall venue in Drimnagh.

While Kelly’s withdrawal through injury means the Irish title will no longer be up for grabs, Stephen Sharpe speaking on behalf of KO Entertainment has ensured Irish boxing fans they can still expect one hell of a nights boxing come November 2nd.

“Were very disappointed the Irish title fight is off, especially young Philip who has put a lot of work into preparing for the fight. But its boxing you have to expect things like this to happen, the most important thing is that we push on with the show as the last thing Irish boxing needs is another cancelled show. We feel this is the right decision and hope we can rely on the support of boxing fans to turn out in force to support the show.”

“KO Entertainment has guaranteed fight fans a night not to be missed and this is still the case. We have identified a number of possible opponents for Sutcliffe Jnr and following his impressive performance in Belfast last Saturday night we now have another exciting opportunity to provide him with another testing opponent

In what promises to be an explosive nights action as is always the case when Sutcliffe Jnr is in town, the quality undercard will see another exciting Dublin prospect Luke Keeler who looks to bring his fledgling professional career to 3-0.

Former Irish amateur champion Karl Brabazon has ambitions of adding an Irish professional title to his collection but must first deal with fellow Irishman Liam Finn who looks to prove he has the skills to match the courage he displayed in his professional debut loss to Sutcliffe Jnr

Ballyhaunis youngster Ryan Peake will make his pro debut while also becoming Ireland’s youngest professional at the age of eighteen. Coming to the ring with good amateur pedigree his coach Philip Sutcliffe believes he is one to watch for the future.

One contest that on paper looks a real contender for fight of the night will be the clash between the Greenjab Fighter Managements newly signed Romanian Vitalie Mirza and Limerick favorite Alan Donnellan.

Stephen Sharpe has also suggested further additions to the card in the coming days.

“We are currently finalising two further additions to the card which we hope to announce early next week and all going well we can guarantee the inclusion of one of these lads in particular will generate further excitement.

Limited tickets for the Suburban Battleground fight-night still remain and are priced at €30 unreserved / €50 ringside / €60 stage and are available from Stephen Sharpe 0852483929, Philip Sutcliffe 0879719193 or can be purchased from Crumlin Boxing Club.