This Saturday, the DoubleTree Hilton in Aberdeen plays host to an eagerly-anticipated title fight as two top prospects put their undefeated records on the line for the Celtic welterweight crown.
Local favourite Dean Sutherland 6-0 (2 KO) takes on Dublin’s Keane ‘The Iceman’ McMahon 6-0 (3 KO) in a mouth-watering match-up and a real clash of style.
The elusive Sutherland has had things all his own way so far in his fledgling career, winning nearly every round in his six fights to date. What he brings to the table is excellent counter-punching ability, elusiveness and fast hands. He could be guilty of showing a lack of power so far with only two stoppages, both coming earlier in his career, so he may have trouble holding off the bigger McMahon down the stretch.
Six-time Irish national amateur champion McMahon is on a three-fight knockout streak and has really started to sit down on his punches as of late.
McMahon is making a name for himself as a sickening body-puncher to go along with his solid, all-round game, and the rangy welterweight should also have a massive height and reach advantage in this bout.
What makes this bout so interesting is that both are hotly-tipped undefeated prospects, both bring different styles to the ring and both have relatively been untested as of yet in their careers but that’s all about to change this Saturday.
Win, lose or draw on Saturday, this isn’t the end of the road for either fighter as both are young and can come again. But I think both fighters should really be applauded for taking this challenge on and putting their undefeated records on the line so early in their careers in a sport where all too often ‘top prospects’ are protected and undefeated records supposedly mean everything. These two fighters are showing the rest what being a champion is all about.
Prediction: McMahon wears down Sutherland and stops him mid-rounds / TKO rounds 4 - 5