Carl McDonald [4(0)-2(0)] and Dylan McDonagh [3(1)-1(0)] have agreed terms and will fight each other for the vacant Irish super bantamweight title.
With the fight having been mandated by the Boxing Union of Ireland, the Tallaght pair signed contracts over the weekend and will fight each other on Saturday November 24th.
A fight which has been mooted for months, it will be a rematch of the 2015 Irish Intermediate quarter-final which was won by McDonald.
While hailing from the same area, the ambitious little men came up through rival clubs, with McDonald being the final Golden Cobra before finishing his vested career with the N7 Boxing Academy while McDonagh boxed with the Westside club.
Since turning pro, ‘The Cobra’ McDonald has had a jam-packed career.
Following two wins, he was defeated by Regan Buckley in a bad-tempered grudge match. Noting personal problems in the build-up, McDonald returned this year with another win and an admirable performance on extreme short notice versus Jordan Gill.
Last time out, in July, the 29-year-old upset the much-larger Colin O’Donovan to win the BUI Celtic featherweight title and now goes into another big fight.
‘The Firecracker’ McDonagh has campaigned at bantam since turning pro last year with two wins.
The pressure fighter stepped up to six rounds this Summer with a hard-fought win over the game Georgi Georgiev. Following this, much like McDonald with Gill, he took a short notice fight on a Matchroom bill and gave double Commonwealth Games medallist Sean McGoldrick a real scare.
Since this narrow defeat, 33-year-old McDonagh has parted company with long-time coach Frank Stacey and confirmation of his new team is forthcoming.
Only one man has ever held the Irish 122lbs title, and he too hailed from Jobstown. Paul Hyland, the younger brother of McDonald’s trainer, Eddie,outpointed Marc Callaghan in 2008 before defending the belt with a third-round knockout of Eugene Heagney the following year.