Yet another Irish boxer has turned professional ahead of what promises to be a massive year for boxing on the island.
Jobstown bantamweight Dylan McDonagh has linked up with new promotional outfit ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland’ ahead of an assault on the pro ranks.
The 31 year old fought out of Westside BC in Tallaght as an amateur under Frank Stacey – who is the head of ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland.’
McDonagh has plenty of background in fighting, formerly training out of the Straight Blast Gym and being an accomplished Thai Boxer. Last November, McDonagh fought, and won, on the inauguaral Semi-Pro Boxing Ireland card, ran by Jay Byrne.
The Dubliner joins fellow debutants Regan Buckley and John Joyce, as well as Crank Whitehouse and Stephen Carroll in the new ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland’ stable.
Stacey told Irish-Boxing.com that “Dylan is an all-action, come-forward fighter, super fit, and the professional game will suit him.”
An open-to-the-public press conference will take place at 1:00pm this Thursday (January 19th) at the National Stadium in Dublin, where it is expected that the first ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland’ card will be formally announced. The date for this card is rumoured to be in late March or early April.
By our count, McDonagh is the ninth Irish fighter set to debut this year alongside Buckley, Joyce, Vladimir Belujsky, Dylan Moran, Sean McGlinchey, Sean Magee, Lewis Crocker, and Mick Conlan.
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