Phil Sutcliffe Jr has warned Tyrone McKenna he’ll be unable to live with the weight of punches coming his way in Belfast on June 30.
Injury forced Dublin’s Sutcliffe Jr (14-2-KO9) to pull out of a previous meeting with McKenna (16-0-1-KO6) but the pair will finally collide on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s homecoming at The SSE Arena – live on BT Sport.
Sutcliffe Jr said: “It’s been very frustrating as I’ve been out since Christmas but I don’t lose discipline and take my frustration out on opponents.
“That being said, everyone knows how hard I hit. Tyrone himself knows how hard I hit. We fought as amateurs and have sparred as professionals. He knows what’s coming.
“If he wants to stand and trade, even better. If he wants to run, I’ll find him. If he wants to come forward, even better.
“It really doesn’t matter which Tyrone shows up and what tactics he deploys. He’s not in my class and I’m going to expose him on the night.”
A stacked undercard on the night also sees Jono Carroll’s long-awaited rematch with Declan Geraghty and Tyrone McCullagh face fellow unbeaten star Joe Ham plus Johnny Coyle v Lewis Benson and Paddy Gallagher v Gary Corcoran.
MTK Global has landed the signature of elite Irish amateur Sean McComb as he officially turns professional.
McComb won bronze at the European Championships and went on to captain the Northern Irish team at this year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Although he (along with anyone who’s seen him box) feels his talent should have yielded a larger medal haul in the unpaid ranks, the 25-year-old from Belfast is driven to seize every opportunity as a professional.
McComb said: “I’ve had a good amateur career and I believe I’ve underachieved. I’ve been an elite fighter and I narrowly missed out on the Olympics. Everyone thought I was nailed on to win at the Commonwealth Games too. It was just one of those things.
“I think the pro game will suit me. You need to ask other people about my power. I believe I’ve a good snap in my punch and if you look back, there’ve been a few saying I was the hardest puncher they faced.
“I’ve close friends like Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan who are signed to MTK Global and they trust them completely. I trust my friends so I believe by association, it’s the place for me.
“Trust is the main thing but then there’s the huge success too. MTK Global has completely taken over in Europe already. They have a fighter on every major show in the UK. When you see that, it’s something else.
“I want to be fighting for titles in 2019. I don’t want a long, dragged out career. I want to fight for titles as quickly as I can. I believe MTK Global are the team to make it happen. I’m capable of competing with anyone in Britain immediately.
“I believe I’m capable of making lightweight and that’s where I want to win my first title. I’m capable of moving to heavyweight too because I’m 6ft tall! Realistically, it’ll be middleweight that’s my final destination.”
Popular Sean McComb will make his professional bow on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s colossal homecoming fight in Belfast on June 30.
Elite amateur and former Northern Ireland captain McComb, who like good friend Conlan hails from Belfast, only signed with MTK Global on Thursday but has immediately been found a slot on a stacked bill at The SSE Arena – live on BT Sport.
McComb said: “It’s just brilliant. This is exactly the reason I signed with MTK Global. They make things happen and can make them happen very quickly.
“I’ve been surprised by the reaction to me going pro. It was announced during work hours but every is already buzzing about it. I expected a reaction but didn’t imagine it would be this big. It’s great to see.
“This card is huge. It’s great to have Mick home. He’s probably one of the greatest Irish amateurs ever. You’ve seen the crowds he attracts in New York but this show will outdo them all. It’s just massive.
“You’ll see the Sean McComb you’ve always seen: a tall, classy and hard-hitting southpaw going to work.”
As well as Conlan’s headline fight against Adeilson dos Santos, the card also features Tyrone McKenna v Phil Sutcliffe Jr, an all-Dublin rematch between world-ranked super-featherweight Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty plus Tyrone McCullagh v Joe Ham, Johnny Coyle v Lewis Benson and Paddy Gallagher v Gary Corcoran.