Scottish boxers have become more social media savy in recent years. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are platforms used to sell tickets, display impressive training footage, and entice sponsorship. And we’re also seeing a rise in fights being made, sparked by – usually good natured – banter, insults and competition.
Last week, Glasgow’s Stewart Burt and Aberdeen’s Dean Sutherland had an interesting exchange online, with Sutherland joining a conversation on Burt’s personal Facebook, offering to fight the Glaswegian in November. And Burt appeared up for the challenge.
Sutherland has impressed in his opening year as a professional, amassing seven victories including three wins over opponents with a winning record. The Aberdonian won the BUI Celtic title in style earlier this year, outpointing the tough and experienced Keane McMahon over eight rounds. A cracking feat for a boxer without amateur pedigree in the opening stages of his career.
Burt’s career hasn’t had the same momentum in recent years. The 29 year old has fought only three times since the start of 2018, losing but then avenging a loss to Ally Black to claim the Scottish welterweight title. Burt, however, is undoubtedly talented. He has good amateur schooling, highly regarded in the scene, and is part of a thriving gym under the tutelage of Joe Ham Sr. Several camps in the famed Wild Card Gym will also have added to his game.
It’s an exciting proposition – an ambitious prospect with real potential versus an experienced pro looking to galvanise his career once again. And with Sutherland already securing a fight date in November, there is an opportunity to make the fight sooner rather than later.
There’s nothing better than a evenly matched domestic clash in Scotland’s fight halls. Both men have moved passed journeyman opponents, and this would bring out the best of them in front of a charged fan base. Keep your eyes peeled as the potential fight gathers pace.
Article by Jamie Sokolowski