Following their Homecoming Promotion in Dundalk just two week ago, its straight back to the the gym for KO Entertainments stable of fighters who face into a hectic two months that will see four of the stables five fighters in action. First out on April 6th is former National Senior Champion Philip Sutcliffe Jr who looks to build on his impressive professional debut when he fights on the undercard of the Emerald Promotions card at the Emerald Roadhouse in Belfast.
Sutcliffe will then face a quick turn around for May 14th when he gloves up again for the third time in two months to feature on the Oscar Knox Appeal fight night which will involve another trip up the M1 where professional boxing makes an historic visit to Belfast’s City Hall.
Sutcliffe’s father and trainer, two times European bronze medallist Phil Sutcliffe Snr believes such a busy schedule will prove very beneficial in facilitating a smooth transition from amateur boxing to the paid ranks for his son.
“It’s great that we can have Philip so busy at this stage in his career and it will really benefit him in settling into the pro game. It can be difficult for lads when they turn over and find it near impossible to get fights”.
“We have been working hard with Philip to make the changes needed to settle into professional boxing and it’s great that he is getting regular opportunities to apply this learning for real”.
The heavy handed former Irish international will fight on the City Hall undercard which will be topped by gym mate Noel O Brian who hopes to achieve his much publicised Irish title ambitions when he meets Belfast’s Kevin O’Hara for the Irish Light Welterweight strap.
Former amateur O Brien is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to fight for the title that lured him to turn professional at the age of 31 following years of inactivity at amateur level.
I’m really greatfull to the promoters for giving me the opportunity to get a shot at the Irish title, it’s the reason I turned professional and now I have my chance. It’s also an honour to be part of such a worthy event and to know that I’m also playing my part in helping the Oscar Knox Appeal which makes the night that little more special.
The Drimnagh pugilist will fight the experienced former Irish and British title challenger O Hara but is hopeful he will be making his way back to Dublin with KO Entertainments first professional boxing title and his own dream realised.
Completing an action packed eight weeks for the KO stable will be Omagh favourite Willie Mitchell who following his impressive third round stoppage of Brandon Peake.
The Sandman will look to take his tally to 2-0 when his appears on the Mark H Dunlop promoted fight night at the St Kevins Hall in Belfast which is topped by young prospect James Tennyson who will face the experienced Mickey Coveney for the Irish Super Featherweight title.
Having delivered a powerful first innings against the tough Peake in Dundalk on the 9th of February Mitchell will make the transition down to light welterweight for his second profession outing as his team look to also move him towards Irish title contention.
Fast becoming by far the busiest professional boxing outfit south of the border KO Entertainments Stephen Sharpe believes the key to such impressive momentum is based on their strong relationships with other promoters.
“We have developed very strong relationships with two of the busiest and most progressive promoters in Belfast. Since the summer we have co-promoted two shows south of the border with Emerald Promotions and Mark H Dunlop Promotions and thankfully are work together is set to continue which is good news for Irish boxing”.
“Over the next couple of weeks both Philip Sutcliffe Jr and Willie Mitchell will box on shows promoted by Emerald Promotions and Mark H Dunlop. Irish fight fans down south have also had the opportunity to see some of Belfast’s top boxing prospects such as Anthony Cacace, Ray Ginley, James Tennyson and Danial McShane in action down south over the last couple of months”.
“It’s this ability to work together that continues to ensure that our fighters stay busy and Irish boxing fans get to witness professional boxing”.
The only fighter of the KO pack with no agreed fight date is Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald who is currently receiving treatment for an on-going neck injury. Following his impressive performance against Limericks Andy Lee his team are more than confident of securing the Northsider another high profile fight in the very near future.
Tickets are available for all the above events from Stephen Sharpe 0879537526, Philip Sutcliffe 0879719193 or from Crumlin Boxing Club.