McDonald and fellow Jobstown fighter Dylan McDonagh [3(1)-1(0)] headline ‘Celtic Clash 7’ at Good Counsel GAA Club this coming Saturday night with the vacant Irish super bantamweight belt on the line.
‘The Cobra’ won an amateur meeting between the pair on a split-decision three years ago and, with his longer schooling in the sport compared to McDonagh’s forays into other codes, many see the bout as a boxer v fighter affair.
While McDonagh is not keen to talk tactics, ‘The Firecracker’ is well known for his seemingly limitless engine as well as a lovely left hook to the body.
However, McDonald has promised that he is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe with the Westside BC graduate – indeed, this is exactly what he intends to do.
“Of course I am [willing to go to war], I will,” he told Irish-Boxing.com.
“I’ve always fought – I’ve only just started ‘boxing’, Eddie Hyland has improved my boxing big time. I love a scrap, it doesn’t bother me.”
The 29-year-old takes confidence from a long, hard, but successful training camp.
McDonald stated that “camp actually couldn’t have went any better, I’ve been flying in this camp.”
“I just can’t wait for Saturday to get in and fight, to be honest, now that camp is over,” he added before revealing issues in the lead-up to his BUI Celtic featherweight title fight versus Colin O’Donovan during the summer.
The D24 puncher explained that “for the O’Donovan fight, I think I got a week of sparring in. My hand was injured for the whole of camp, I couldn’t punch.”
“I had about eight or nine weeks of that camp with no punching whatsoever, I haven’t had any of that in this camp. Everything has just gone great for me, there’ll be no excuses on Saturday, I’ll just get in and do the job and come out with the Irish title.
“I couldn’t do any more, it’s just up to me on the night to perform and I will.”
His win over O’Donovan – which most would describe as an upset – gives McDonald particular confidence.
The BUI Celtic super featherweight title challenger held a significant size advantage over McDonald and tried to impose this on the Tallaght man but was dropped and outpointed.
“Colin O’Donovan is twice the size of Dylan and I was able to outmuscle him on fight night, I don’t see where the problem is going to be with Dylan,” McDonald reasoned.
I just think I have what it takes to beat him – I know I have, not think – I know I have what it takes to beat him, I’m more than 100 percent certain that that belt is coming home with.
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