Day Delay – Donovan and Carty’s bouts pushed back 24 hours

Eric Donovan and Thomas Carty have had their respective May bouts pushed back 24 hours.

Both Pascal Collins trained fighters were set for May 14 bouts of real importance, albeit for differing reasons, but have had their clashes pushed back.

Kildare’s Donovan will now challenge for the EU super featherweight title on May 15 in Italy and Carty will debut on the same date on the same card.

The pair will go to work at the Centro Sportivo Mario Rigamonti, Brescia, Lombardia, Italy on a Promo Boxe Italia card a day later than originally scheduled.

The Irish featherweight champion has been mandated to fight Mario Alfano [15(4)-2(0)-1] for EU 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.

“I think Alfano’s an old school type of fighter, just comes forward and wants to have a tear up. He doesn’t seem to have any other function than a plowing forward style and wants to have it toe to toe,” the St Michael’s Athy graduate said about the fight.

“Obviously I would love to be fighting in my country in front of all my fans but that’s the way life is at the minute. I’m a professional, I just have to focus on my job and perform on the night.”

Carty faces a yet-to-be confirmed opponent as he debuts on the card. believe the Dublin heavyweight will face an early test.

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