A weekend win for Hemel Martial Arts coach Mad Max means he’s raring to go for next cage battle

Denniston 'Mad Max' Sutherland at Cage Warriors 56. 'Picture by Nad Ahmad from ipaparazzi.
Denniston 'Mad Max' Sutherland at Cage Warriors 56. 'Picture by Nad Ahmad from ipaparazzi.

A win on Saturday means Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland is raring to go for his next fight – a cage battle that could transform his career.

Sutherland faced Brett Bassett at Cage Warriors 56 in London’s Kentish Town and was declared the winner just seconds into the third round. The referee called an end to the bout as Sutherland rained punches down on a defenceless Bassett.

“I don’t think he came with a game plan,” said Sutherland, 40. “During his last fight he knocked someone out with a big right hand and I think he came to the fight with the hype of that.

“For me the plan was to keep it standing up but when I did put him down I finished it.”

Sutherland is probably better known for his performance on the cage floor but explained that boxing was his first art. “I’m probably a better grappler now but I have got really good hands,” he said.

The Hemel Martial Arts coach has recently changed his training schedule and is now a student of St Albans boxing coach Paul Richards, who has him doing runs at Ivinghoe Beacon to improve his fitness.

Jamaican-born Sutherland’s next test is to face Karlos Vemola, who was recently released from his contract with top promoter the Ultimate Fighting Championship .

“He is looking to get back on the big shows so he is looking to make a statement but I have got other plans,” said Sutherland. “It could mean a lot but I just want to focus on the fight.”

The pair will do battle on August 3.