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Sutherland's pro debut in Dublin

Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland
Darren Sutherland has his professional debut in his home city

Irish Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland will fight Georgi Iliev in his long-awaited professional debut at Dublin City University on 18 December.

The 26-year-old Dubliner's Bulgarian opponent knocked out Castlebar's Keith Cresham on his last visit to Ireland in a super-middleweight bout.

Sutherland is currently training in London and staying at the home of promoter Frank Maloney.

"He has the big punch and the charisma to go all the way," said Maloney.

"He's also a likeable person and the family enjoy having him around. As far as his opponent is concerned, we will be getting tapes of him and studying them.

"Being based in England is a big sacrifice because he loves home and his family, particularly him mum.

"But it's the only way to do things. Professional boxing requires complete dedication. You've got to give up everything really if you want to make the grade, and Darren is doing this."

Rendell Munroe's European super-bantamweight title defence against Fabrizio Trotta tops the DCU bill.

Kiki Martinez, who has one defeat from 20 bouts, knocked out Bernard Dunne in seconds and boxes a six-rounder on the undercard.

London-based Irishman Martin Power, the former British bantamweight champion, faces a tough test against Gary Davies.

In a special attraction Craig Watson defends his Commonwealth welterweight title against Adnan Amar, a protégé of Dubliner Brendan Ingle.

A third title bout on the bill sees Jason Booth risk his Commonwealth bantamweight crown against Sean Hughes.



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