MTK Global have announced that County Durham super-lightweight Darren Surtees (12-0, 8 KOs) will compete in the massive #GoldenContract tournament.
The promising 25-year-old has raced to an impressive record of 12 wins, eight coming by KO and earns his place in the competition among big names such as Ohara Davies, Zhankosh Turarov, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune, Akeem Ennis Brown and Anthony Yigit.
With a life-changing two-year, five-fight contract with a top promoter at stake, Surtees is delighted to have been handed his big chance.
Surtees said: “I can’t wait to get stuck into this tournament. We’ve entered it because we think I’m being avoided and I want to prove a point.
“I’m going to win it. There are some good people in there and there’s no hiding – we all meet. The fans know what they can expect from me. Hard-hitting, sharp, skillful boxing and I’m the full package really.
“I know I’m going in as a massive underdog but I don’t believe there’s anyone on my level. I’m going in believing I can win it and my coach believes I can too. That’ll do me.”
MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “We’ve got some proven operators already in the tournament and the amount of applicants we’ve had from all over the world is staggering but we wanted to give a young, unbeaten British fighter a chance to make a name for himself and in Darren, we’ve got the most dangerous one out there.”
MTK Global promoter Lee Eaton said: “This is a great opportunity for one of the most exciting fighters in the UK. Everyone who has seen him fight knows Darren has great potential and will be a fan favourite with his power.
“We’re just one step away from completing the line-up at 140lb right now and it already looks an absolute cracker.”
The final contestant in the 140lb tournament will be announced in due course.
The featherweights kick things off at York Hall on October 4 with several more light-heavyweights due to join some more big names in the third and final division of the competition’s first season.