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Aberdeen boxer Dean Sutherland hopes Kell Brook sparring helps in quest to remain undefeated

Unbeaten Aberdeen fighter Dean Sutherland.
Unbeaten Aberdeen fighter Dean Sutherland.

Dean Sutherland hopes sparring with Kell Brook sets him up for a 10th consecutive victory this Saturday.

The Aberdeen fighter travelled to Sheffield for rounds with the former welterweight champion, ahead of his fight against Basi Razaq.

Brook is making a comeback to the ring on Saturday night too, taking on Mark DeLuca for the vacant WBO inter-continental super-welterweight title. When that fight was announced, Sutherland saw DeLuca was a southpaw and spoke to his sparring co-ordinator to put his name forward to Brook’s camp.

When word came back from the 33-year-old that he was on board, Sutherland travelled to the Ingle Boxing Gym in Sheffield for valuable experience.

He said: “It worked perfect for both of us. He was looking for a southpaw fighter (to spar with), I was looking for an orthodox fighter. I’ve come away with great experience and knowledge. The whole trip was a success.

“It was a really enjoyable experience. I went down by myself, in a gym I’d never been in before against a former world champion and someone who could become world champion again.

“To have competitive sparring and enjoy myself makes it a massive benefit to myself.”

Sutherland takes on Razaq (8-1-1) at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley in his first fight of 2020. He hopes it is a year that sees the ex-kickboxing champion catapulted into title contention.

He has a 100 per cent record since turning pro in June 2018 and last year picked up his first title, beating Keane McMahon for the BUI Celtic welterweight title.

Sutherland added: “Before the end of 2020 I want to put myself in title contention, or for eliminators at least. I feel like I’m knocking on the door already.

“A lot of these guys are already pushing late-20s or early-30s – it’s supposed to be their prime. They’ll have six or seven years ahead of them if they’re lucky, whereas I should have years on my side.

“People might say I don’t have enough experience or I’m too young. But at the same time, I’ve been fighting since I was three years old. My fight IQ is right up there.

“I just want another win. It doesn’t matter if it’s by points or stoppage. He’s got a good record and will give me a good test.”

 

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