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Darren Sutherland

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Darren John Sutherland 18 April 1982 – 14 September 2009 was an Irish professional boxer from Mulhuddart, Dublin His amateur career was crowned by a 2008 Olympic bronze medal


  • 1 Amateur career
    • 11 2007 | EU Amateur Championships
    • 12 2008 | EU Amateur Championships
    • 13 2008 | Olympic Games
  • 2 Professional career
  • 3 Professional boxing record
  • 4 Death
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Amateur career

Sutherland represented the St Saviour's ABC in Dublin and won the Leinster senior title in 2005, 2006 and 2007 He faced Edward Healy in the 2006 and 2007 Final and Darren O'Neill in 2008 winning all three Sutherland's international career featured a great rivalry with Britain's James Degale, who later paid tribute to Sutherland upon winning his first professional world title in 2015

2007 | EU Amateur Championships

At the 2007 EU Amateur Championships in Dublin, Sutherland won gold at middleweight Results were:

  • Mario Duro: Won - RSC Round 3
  • Ivano Del Monte: Won - PTS 32:19
  • James DeGale: Won - PTS 23:19

2008 | EU Amateur Championships

At the 2008 EU Amateur Championships in Cetniewo, Sutherland won gold at middleweight Results were:

  • Samy Anouche: Won - PTS 28:12
  • Stefan Härtel: Won - PTS 20:9
  • James DeGale: Won - PTS 22:16

2008 | Olympic Games

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Sutherland won bronze at middleweight Results were:

  • First round bye: Advanced
  • Nabil Kassel: Won - RSC Round 4
  • Alfonso Blanco: Won - PTS 11-1
  • James DeGale: Lost - PTS 3-10

Professional career

Following the exposure gained at the Olympics, Sutherland was offered a number of contracts as a professional boxer In October 2008 he signed terms with London-based promoter Frank Maloney On 18 December 2008, Sutherland made a winning start to his professional career with a first round knockout of Georgi Iliev in Dublin After the bout, Sutherland's promoter Frank Maloney said "I think we've found a real superstar here tonight and this is just the start of a long journey" His next fight, against Siarhei Navarka on 6 March at Robin Park Arena in Wigan, ended with Sutherland winning by a third round stoppage

Sutherland won his third fight at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent on 29 May against Vepkhia Tchilaia Sutherland won his next fight against Gennadiy Rasalev in York Hall, London

Professional boxing record

4 Wins 4 Knockouts, 0 Losses, 0 Draws
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 4-0 Gennadiy Rasalev TKO 4 6 2009-06-30 York Hall, London, England
Win 3-0 Vepkhia Tchilaia TKO 4 6 2009-05-29 Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Win 2-0 Siarhei Navarka TKO 3 6 2009-03-06 Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
Win 1-0 Georgi Iliev TKO 1 6 2008-12-18 DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, Ireland Professional debut


On 14 September 2009, Sutherland was found dead with his wrists bound at his apartment in Bromley by his promoter, Frank Maloney It was alleged he died by hanging himself He suffered from depression Olympic gold medalist, James DeGale commented on the death stating: "It is very, very sad news - I just can't believe it, It is a tragedy First and foremost, my heart goes out to his family I just could not believe it; my heart went to the floor when I heard He was a big part of my Olympic medal journey and it is just terrible I just do not know what to say except that he was a brilliant fighter, in fact an excellent fighter, and he was a gentleman outside the ring as well He had an Olympic bronze medal and his whole life to look forward to He had a great future, and my heart goes out to everyone who knew him" At the time, he was dating Irish model Hazel O'Sullivan

He was exhumed in September 2010 for a further private postmortem at the request of his family An open verdict was delivered at the inquest in March 2012

Following Sutherland's death, James DeGale kept the initials 'DS' on his shorts in professional bouts When he won the IBF super middleweight world title against Andre Dirrell in 2015, he spoke post-fight of his relationship with Sutherland and dedicated the victory to him "It's for Darren Sutherland as well, of course My late rival" he said "When he took his life back in 2009 it was horrendous From when he passed, I've always had 'DS' on my shorts And this world title is for him as well A great guy A great fighter Unbelievable fighter We've had some great, great scraps It's for him"


  1. ^ a b "Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland found hanged" The Guardian 15 September 2009 
  2. ^ a b "James DeGale dedicates world title to the late Darren Sutherland" The Independent 24 May 2015 
  3. ^ "European Union Championships - Dublin, Ireland - June 18-23 2007" Amateur Boxing Results 
  4. ^ "Boxing: 4 EU Gold and 2 Silver for the Irish in Cetniewo Poland" European Irish 23 June 2008 Archived from the original on 16 August 2016 
  5. ^ "Sutherland secures Olympic medal" RTÉ Sport 20 August 2008 
  6. ^ "Sutherland finally taking on the world" The Independent 14 December 2008 
  7. ^ "Dream debut for Daz" Sky Sports 19 December 2008 
  8. ^ "Darren Sutherland 'in a panic' before death" RTÉ News 13 March 2012 
  9. ^ "Frank Maloney ill after finding Olympic boxing hero Darren Sutherland hanged" The Times 15 September 2009 
  10. ^ "Sutherland was in 'quite a happy mood'" BBC News 24 September 2009 
  11. ^ "Darren Sutherland's ex-girlfriend Hazel O'Sullivan reveals how some tried to make her a scapegoat" Daily Mail 25 March 2012 
  12. ^ "Body of Sutherland exhumed" The Irish Times 9 September 2010 
  13. ^ "Open verdict in Darren Sutherland inquest" RTÉ News 15 March 2012 

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Darren Sutherland from BoxRec

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