It’s Phil Sutcliffe Jr’s 27th birthday today, but it’s the Crumlin puncher who’ll be dishing out the bumps this weekend.
‘Succo’ returns following his first career defeat, a short-notice majority decision loss to Swedish Olympian and European #2 Anthony Yigit, on Friday night at the Sports Centre in Oldham.
While Yigit is now rumoured to be in contention for a shot at new WBA light welterweight champ Ricky Burns, Sutcliffe will face the altogether different proposition of Nicaraguan Geiboord Omier [3(2)-6(2)-1].
While the Central American’s record is poor, upon inspection it suggests that the Spanish-based journeyman will provide a durable for for the Dublin hard-hitter.
Only last week he went the full eight rounds with unbeaten Canary Islander and current Carl Frampton sparring partner/Leo Santa Cruz-impersonator Jerobe Santana.
His two stoppage losses came on his debut and an eighth round defeat to unbeaten French light middleweight Mehdi Mouhib.
While Omier is not the British opponent that Sutcliffe Jr and manager Pat Magee craved, he does provide an opportunity to quickly return to the ring following the Yigit reversal.