Huge-hitting Darren Surtees joins Golden Contract hunt

MTK Global is proud to confirm Durham super-lightweight Darren Surtees will compete in the massive #GoldenContract tournament.

The promising 25-year-old has raced to an impressive record of 12-0, 8 KOs and earns his place in the competition among big names such as Ohara Davies, Zhankosh Turarov, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune, Akeem Ennis Brown and Anthony Yigit.

With a life-changing two-year, five-fight contract with a top promoter at stake, Surtees is delighted to have been handed his big chance.

Surtees said: “I can’t wait to get stuck into this tournament. We’ve entered it because we think I’m being avoided and I want to prove a point.

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“I’m going to win it. There are some good people in there and there’s no hiding – we all meet. The fans know what they can expect from me. Hard-hitting, sharp, skillful boxing and I’m the full package really.

“I know I’m going in as a massive underdog but I don’t believe there’s anyone on my level. I’m going in believing I can win it and my coach believes I can too. That’ll do me.”

MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “We’ve got some proven operators already in the tournament and the amount of applicants we’ve had from all over the world is staggering but we wanted to give a young, unbeaten British fighter a chance to make a name for himself and in Darren, we’ve got the most dangerous one out there.”

MTK Global promoter Lee Eaton said: “This is a great opportunity for one of the most exciting fighters in the UK. Everyone who has seen him fight knows Darren has great potential and will be a fan favourite with his power.

“We’re just one step away from completing the line-up at 140lb right now and it already looks an absolute cracker.”

The final contestant in the 140lb tournament will be announced in due course.

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The featherweights kick things off at York Hall on October 4 with several more light-heavyweights due to join some more big names in the third and final division of the competition’s first season.

Carlos Ramos enters #GoldenContract

EBU European Union featherweight champion Carlos Ramos is the latest fighter to earn a spot in the forthcoming #GoldenContract Tournament.

The Spaniard (11-1, 7 KOs) becomes the seventh fighter to be confirmed in the 126lb pool of the three-division competition, which sees 24 big names battle it out for three two-year, five-fight deals with a top promoter.

In November last year, Ramos battered Ibon Larrinaga – who had taken world amateur champion Michael Conlan the full eight rounds just sixth months prior – to a halt and became Spanish champion.

Ramos went on to seize the EBU crown by outclassing Razaq Najib in June and is delighted to be added to a list of featherweight hopefuls that already includes Ryan Walsh, Leigh Wood, Davey Oliver Joyce, Jazza Dickens, Tyrone McCullagh and Hairon Socarras.

As he prepares for the curtain-raiser at York Hall on October 4, Ramos said: “I want to say a big thank you to MTK Global and to Maravillabox for this amazing opportunity. I’m very happy to be in this tournament and I’m excited to fight in London on October 4.

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“I know that I will arrive as an unknown fighter but I have two big wins in my last two fights and also good amateur experience. My goal is to win the tournament and take that big contract.

“I respect all the fighters that I could potentially face but I would love to have an all-Latino final against Socarras most of all.

“After my sole career defeat in the U.S last year, I changed my style of fighting. I’m now a very aggressive fighter so as well as wins, I’ll be targeting those KO bonuses in this tournament!”

News of the final entrant to the featherweight competition will be forthcoming in due course.

The draw for the #GoldenContract quarter-finals and semi-finals will be made at the start of each fight week.