The ‘Buncrana Banger’ John Hutchinson has sent out a clear message to top boxing promoter Eddie Hearn ‘If you want to see fireworks get me on the Irish Middleweight Prizefighter bill’.
Hearn is about to give pro boxing south of the border a massive shot in the arm with the news that he has signed Birmingham Irish World Title contender Matthew Macklin who will relaunch his career after a year out of the ring in the Irish capital.
The comeback is expected to culminate in an All Irish middleweight showdown with Andy Lee in the 02 Arena but a warmup event will be held in the smaller confines of the National Stadium on Saturday August 30th and televised live on Sky Sports with the Prizefighter Tournament as the main supporting attraction.
Hutchinson suffered the first defeat of his pro career in an Irish Light Middleweight title points defeat to Peter McDonagh in March but he sees the round robin tournament as the perfect platform for him to reinvigorate his career.
Prizefighter is fought in a round robin format of 3x3 minute round fights and the Inishowen man believes it is one that is tailor made for his all action style.
“I like to start fast so I think it would suit my style down to the ground and I’d be confident of doing well,” he told the Inish Times. “In the first three rounds against McDonagh I was clearly too strong for him but the difference with the Prizefighter is people can’t run away, they have to come out and fight and that is perfect for me.
“It’s a very prestigious tournament and a great stepping stone to bigger things but a lot of it comes down to the luck of the draw and who you get in the quarter and semi-finals.
“There hasn’t been much of a pro scene in Dublin since Bernard Dunne retired but to have Matthew Macklin coming back after fighting for World Titles in Germany and America is a big event.
“There’s talk of him fighting Andy Lee later in the year at the O2 which would be a massive event so it’s a big opportunity for me to get on the undercard of that show if I do well.”
By Johnny Craig
Full interview with John Hutchinson in this Tuesday’s Inish Times.
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