Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sutherland set to Sizzle

DARREN SUTHERLAND, Ireland's Beijing bronze medallist bids for his fourth straight win at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Tuesday (30/6) when he boxes Ukraine's Gennadiy Rasalev (2-1) in a super-middleweight six rounder. Provided he comes through the test unscathed, 'Dazzler' will appear on the same card as possible future opponent Tony Jeffries at Sunderland's Seaburn Centre on Friday June 10. Sutherland, 27, is now based in Bromley and promoter Frank Maloney is backing him to impress on his London debut. He said: "The York Hall crowd is one of the most knowledgeable in the world and they know a good fighter when they see one. "I firmly believe that they will take to Darren and his popularity will quickly gain momentum in England."Every time I speak to Darren's trainer Brian Lawrence he talks about the non-stop improvement. "You improve most from ring action and two fights in ten days will bring Darren on no end. I'm proud to say there has been no Olympian busier than him and Tony Jeffries this year. "I can't believe that the two real Olympians are part of the FTM team." Maloney is also excited about Chatham heavyweight Tom 'The Bomb' Dallas (5-0) who boxes on the talent stacked York Hall bill. Dallas, 24, meets another Ukrainian Stas Belekon (3-1) and Maloney added: "Tom is hitting harder and within 18 months the British title will be within his grasp."Top of the bill at York Hall is Jason Booth's (32-5) British super-bantamweight title defence against Rocky Dean (14-10-2). The action packed card also features a fierce British featherweight title eliminator between Harrow's Sikh slugger Akaash Bhatia (14-0) and Welshman Jamie Arthur (14-2).

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