JOHN Hutchinson would have been forgiven for taking the usual few ‘gimme’ wins after losing his undefeated record last March. However, the fight anyone, anywhere, anytime puncher jumps from a first career defeat into the toughest test of his career.
‘The Buncranna Banger’s’ 0 was taken by Peter McDonagh as the pair traded leather for the Irish title, but whilst the defeat hurt personally it hasn’t seemed to have hurt the nomadic light middleweight’s career.
Hutchinson has secured a shot a the USA New England middleweight title, and will challenge for a strap that could have significant career ramifications. The Irish title meant the world to Hutchinson, but this strap could help him move up the world rankings.
Thus he told Irish-boxing.com that his clash with the undefeated Russell Lamour is the biggest of his career.
“It’s the biggest fight to date, the Irish title meant more, but this is a better offer and good title. Irish American Danny O’Connor has the welter weight title , and look how well respected and big fight he has been in. It’s a big state title out there in the states witch will put me well up in the mix.”
Hutchinson also suggest Lamour will also prove a tougher test than two weight Irish champion McDonagh. However he claims he is rise to the occasion fighter and needs a challenge to excel.
“This will be tougher and harder fight than the Irish title fight by far. I could have taken a easier way back. I could have boxed a easier fight in Birmingham and rebuilt from there, but the hard way sometimes work outs better. I always find that i push and box better in bigger fights. If boxing was easy everyone would be doing it.”