Away Date – Eric Donovan will have to survive the Lions Den if he is to become EU Champion

If Eric Donovan [13(7)-1(1)] is to win the EBU-EU super featherweight title he will have to do so from the away corner.

The Kildare southpaw looks set to challenge for the title in Brescia on Friday May 14.

The Irish featherweight champion has been mandated to fight Mario Alfano [15(4)-2(0)-1] for the strap, which is often used as a stepping stone to the EBU-European title his MHD stablemate, Tommy McCarthy, holds up at cruiserweight.

The fighters’ teams couldn’t come to an agreement during a period of negotiation, so the fight went to purse bids , which were won by Promo Boxe Italia SRL.

As a result ‘Lilywhite Lightning’ will have to strike away from home if he is to enjoy continental success.

Manager Mark Dunlop confirmed as much on social media:

“Unfortunately MHD Promotions lost a close purse bid today to stage the Vacant European Union Super Featherweight Title to Promo boxe Italia SRL. We would like to congratulate Mr. Loreni and look forward to the contest this summer in Rome between Eric Donovan & Mario Alfano.”

Donovan would then unveil the details on Newstalk 106FM’s Off The Ball last night:

Traveling to Italy especially in European competition has proved daunting in the past but ‘Super Mario’ lost fighting for the same title on his own promotion last time out.

The 30-year-old was outpointed by Malta’s Haithem Laamouz in December. In fact, the Paschal Collins-trained Donovan was initially meant to trade leather with Laamouz for the strap but the former champion failed a drug test and was subsequently stripped.

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