French test for Sutcliffe
European top ten ranking target for Crumlin fighter
Following a show-stopping performance by Andy Lee in Brooklyn last week and a great win on Sky Sports for Dublin's lightweight Prizefighter champion Jono Carroll, there's more good news for Irish boxing fans this week.
Manager Pat Magee has confirmed that hot super lightweight prospect Philip Sutcliffe Jr will be fighting a formidable French opponent on May 1 at the Red Cow.
The contracts are signed for Alexandre Lepelley (17-3-1, 3 KOs) to test the Crumlin fighter.
Lepelley is an experienced 32-year old whose few losses tell a story. Last year he lost on points over eight rounds to former WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns. Ranked 12 in Europe, in February he came up short over ten rounds in a French super lightweight title fight.
Frustrated in finding fighters in the UK willing to face Sutcliffe Jr because of the Dubliner's reputation for starching opponents, Magee had vowed to "go the European route" to get his client the fights that would both showcase and develop his skills.
He acknowledges this represents a major step up for the Dubliner (7-0, 6 KOs) but is pleased to reveal that a win will ensure a European top ten placing for the Irishman. "Hopefully the fight will present Philip with a useful learning experience," says Pat, who's watched Sutcliffe demolish everyone that's been put in front of him to date.
"Lepelley beat the previously unbeaten Sandor Martin, who's now fighting for the EBU-EU super lightweight title," adds Pat. "And he's beaten the guy who's currently the Canadian welterweight champion. So this will present a serious test for Philip."
Also on the bill at the Red Cow will be Belfast's undefeated middleweight Alfredo Meli (9-0, 2 KOs) and destructive Dublin lightweight Ciaran Bates (3-0, 3 KOs).