It was an idea dream’t up on a movie set, but it might be lights, camera and action for three weight Irish champion Peter McDonagh and former WBC World champion Junior Witter before the summer is out.
There has been twitter talk that the McDonagh, whose Cinderella Man name has movie conections of its own, and the veteran who fought the likes of Devon Alexander, Demarcus Corley, Tim Bradley and Vivian Harris may fight on the massive Fury versus Klitschko II card in Manchester on July 9.
Indeed, some news outlets have reported the out of the blue fight between the 38 year old and 42 year old veteran has been made.
McDonagh, who claimed his third Irish title by beating Dean Byrne in the National Stadium last November, told Irish-boxing.com the fight hasn’t been made, but it is a clash he wants.
“It’s not made yet, but fans want it so let’s make it happen,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
McDonagh admits as a fighter who loves to trade leather he has no problem calling fighters out, but the Galway man claims talk of a possible meeting began on the film set.
“We were both on set in a film the other day with Paddy Considine and were talking. Junior told me no one wants to fight him so I said ‘I will’. It just went from there. Kell Brook was on set with us and he thought it would be good fight to watch, one the fans would want to see. So I told Junior I would speak to my manger Daniel and MGM plus talk to mick Hennessey and Peter Fury to see if we could get it on the Tyson undercard,” McDonagh continued.
“That’s how the fight began to be talked about. Witter accused me of calling him out, but I would call anyone out I’m a fighter and I am willing to fight.”
It seems a strange bout, one with a real once off feel. Witter is a former World champion, that used to call out Ricky Hatton on a weekly basis, and has some big names on his record. He has also recently challenged for the EBU EU title, but defeating the 42 year old won’t do much to progress the Cinderella man toward another title shot.
However, it remains an intriguing fight nonetheless and could prove a guilty pleasure bout on the massive July 9 card.
After defeating Dean Byrne late last year McDonagh had talked about challenging for the European title, the Cinderella Man still holds that dream and is confident his team will finally get him a ticket to the ball.
“Regarding the EBU title my team MGM and manger Daniel will keep pushing for it. They are the best team around they just tell me to worry about fighting and they will make sure The Cinderalla man gets to the ball.”