Thursday, July 09, 2009

Sutherland Shapes Up in Manchester

DARREN SUTHERLAND will have his next fight at George Carnall Centre Manchester M41 7FJ. The Irishman, 27, was due to box in Sunderland on Friday night, but suffered a slight cut on his right cheek in his stoppage win over Gennadiy Rasalev last week. Promoter Frank Maloney said: "It was touch and go whether Darren boxed on Friday, but we decided not to take the risk. "I have one other show this month and Darren can go on that before taking a well earned summer rest." Internet reports claimed Sutherland was pulled off the Sunderland bill straight after the Rasalev fight. But Maloney hit back: "That is utter rubbish and those stories didn't come from Darren or any of his team. "The decision was made on Monday when I returned from a business trip to Portugal and had there not been the show in MANCHESTER, I may well have left Darren on in Sunderland." The Olympic bronze medallist's opponent when he bids for his fifth straight win will be named next week. Top of the action packed card is Jamie Moore's European light-middleweight title defence against Frenchman Jimmy Colas. On the same FTM bill hard-hitting Gary Davies puts his British bantamweight title on the (9-2-1) line for the first time, when he faces top class Londoner Ian Napa (18-7).

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