posted on: 13/05/2017

By Frank Warren

Leather v Sutcliffe Jr

As well as Josh Warrington defending his WBC International featherweight title against Kiko Martinez in Leeds Tonight, we also have two other fascinating title encounters on the BT Sport/BoxNation televised card.

The vacant IBF European super lightweight strap will be fought for between the unbeaten starlet Josh Leather and Ireland’s Philip Sutcliffe Jnr.

It is a step up for Josh, but one he is more than ready for, as I have long predicted a big future in the game for him. Sutcliffe only has one mark on his card, when he was on the wrong end of a tight points call against the highly-rated Anthony Yigit in Germany.

Both these boys can bang and I think we have got a real cracker on our hands with this one. I personally think this will be Josh’s coming of age fight and the first of many professional titles for him.

Another 50-50 pick, where you cannot choose a winner any great conviction is the British super bantamweight title clash between the champion Jazza Dickens and the unbeaten challenger Tommy Ward.

We all know Jazza is not lacking in the ticker department and I was so impressed with him around the times he was preparing to fight the great Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.

He was so calm, composed and completely fearless over the prospect of taking on the highly-ranked pound-for-pounder and was utterly convinced he had what it takes to cause a huge upset.

Obviously it didn’t go his way when the two finally came together in Cardiff, but it was a cruel twist of fate that put paid to his world title dream at the time.

His jaw might have given way, but his spirit didn’t and you could see how much it hurt him when his corner rightly withdrew him from the fight.

He is back to domestic level for now and he will know he has a big job ahead of him against our recent signing Tommy. The 20-0 man from County Durham is a genuine talent who I am really looking forward to working with to help him fulfil his potential.

Others on the bill who are at the start of their journey with us include Darren Tetley, Thomas Kindon and Joseph Maphosa, who is making his debut. Zak Chelli and Kalam Leather enter their second professional contests, while I will also tip you off that young Ryan Garner – 4-0 – from Southampton is well worth a watch.

I wish them all every success and I am sure each of them have big futures ahead.


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