SWADLINCOTE super-heavyweight Zak Sutton plans to lay down the law to his opponent in Sunday’s big fight in Burton.
The vacant World Ringsport Association Midlands Area belt will be up for grabs when Sutton and Jason Tydesley square up at the National Brewery Centre.
Sutton is training for the big fight at AJS Freestyle Kickboxing in his home town – and by day, the 20-year-old works for a law firm in Birmingham.
Sutton is a litigation executive for DAC Beachcroft and admits: “People at work are a bit surprised when they find out what I do in the evenings!
“But there has been lots of interest in this fight. I’ve sold more tickets than ever before.”
Sutton’s fans have cheered him to nine straight wins – many of them inside-the-distance – but as a teenager, he looked set for a football career.
He played in goal for Derbyshire Schools and was also on the books at Burton Albion before quitting the sport when he was 16 years old.
“I was playing football because I was good at it,” said Sutton, “and not because I was enjoying it.
“A friend said: ‘You’re a big lad, why don’t you try kickboxing ?’ – so I did.
“Because I was a goalkeeper I was used to getting kicked in the head, so there was no fear of that.”
Sutton has been going to the gym ever since, and although he is challenging for boxing honours this weekend, says he is predominantly a kickboxer – and he has Paul Mitchelson in his sights.
Mitchelson currently holds the WRSA British super-heavyweight title – but an ankle injury looks set to keep the Burton fighter out of the ring for several months.
Sutton was set to challenge him earlier this year and said: “That’s the fight I really want.
“Paul has got the British title and I want to take it off him. I want him next.
“I’m looking to win the British title, then hopefully move on and become European champion.”
Tickets are available from 07719 636374. Doors open at 2pm and the action starts at 3pm.
Horninglow light-heavyweight Olly O’Toole is heading home after keeping his EBF Midlands Area title with a whirlwind win in Derby.
O’Toole blasted out Neil Bean inside two rounds at Roller World – and his next title will be on the big show in Burton next month.
Neville Brown comes out of retirement to face Steve Collins in a world title rematch at Meadowside Leisure Centre on Sunday, July 6 – and O’Toole looks set to box on the undercard after romping to a one-sided win in his latest fight.
Bean came in at late notice to challenge for the belt, tried to jab and move, but simply could not keep O’Toole off him.
O’Toole ploughed through him and smashed him to the floor four times with right-hand wallops before the referee waved the fight off.
Tickets for the show at the Meadowside are available with a 10 per cent discount from www.topdog-sports.com.