2 December 2008 – Press Release
Georgi Ilievi has vowed to make it an Irish double when he faces Darren Sutherland at Dublin City University.
The Bulgarian is the new opponent for the Olympic bronze medallist who makes his professional debut at the Helix on December 18. Iliev, might have a patchy record but caused a stunning upset when he travelled to Limerick in July and knocked out Castlebar’s Keith Cresham inside a round. Iliev’s respected manager Philippe Fondu warned that Sutherland will be up against it when he performs in front of his many friends who study at DCU.
“Sutherland will quickly learn that get hitting by a professional is different from the amateur code,” Fondu said.
“Iliev is a rough, tough kid from one of the worst areas of Bulgaria and cannot believe this opportunity has come. He can make a name for himself by beating Sutherland and is coming to win. If Sutherland wants to know about his power, he should call Cresham. Iliev has told me to expect another Irishman to be on the floor in seconds.”
Iliev has stepped in for countryman Merdjitin Iuseinov who pulled out earlier this week with a shoulder injury.
Top of the bill is Rendall Munroe’s (16-1) European super-bantamweight title defence against Italy’s Fabricio Trotta (13-4-2). Irish light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore (30-3) boxes a six rounder ahead of his crack at the vacant European light-middleweight early next year. London based Irishman Martin Power (19-3), the former British bantamweight champion faces a tough test against Gary Davies (7-2-1).
In a special attraction Craig Watson (13-2) defends his Commonwealth welterweight title against Adnan Amar (22-1), a protg of Dubliner Brendan Ingle. A third title bout on the bill sees Jason Booth (30-5) risks his Commonwealth bantamweight crown against Sean Hughes (15-7-1).
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