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Boxing Ireland Promotions sign new Dublin puncher

Boxing Ireland Promotions have confirmed the signature of Dublin super middle Paul McDonnell.

The Collinstown puncher trains out of Steven O’Rourke’s St Michael’s Gym in Inchicore and becomes the first fighter from this outfit to link up with Boxing Ireland – with others such as Victor Rabei, Craig McCarthy, and Cillian Reardon being signed to Assassin Promotions.

McDonnell was due to debut last month on the big ‘Clash of the Titans’ card last month but was forced off due to a minor injury.

The big puncher comes to the ring with good underage and provincial success as well as some semi-pro experience.

Following his semi-pro venture, which he had believed to be pro, McDonnell would suffer from depression, suicidal thoughts, and obesity but has turned his life around over the past year.

READ: Introducing – Paul McDonnell

Leonard Gunning and Stephen Sharpe’s Boxing Ireland outfit have run seven shows in Dublin over the past two years and venture to Belfast next month for Celtic Clash 8 on May 25th at The Devenish Complex.

The Boxing Ireland stable boasts over twenty fighters including Irish champions Eric Donovan and Carl McDonald, former BUI Celtic champion Stephen McAfee, and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joe Fitzpatrick.

A debut date will be confirmed for McDonnell shortly.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie