Domestic Dominance – Donegan eyes Irish fights

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He is wary of going the call-out route just yet, but Dominic Donegan [3(1)-0] can’t hide the fact he is keen for a domestic title fight.

The Cavan fighter is part of a very interesting light middleweight mix along with the likes of stablemates Graham McCormack and Eddie Treacy, fellow Cavanman Owen Duffy and Leinster Rugby coach Cillian Reardon.

All five have been mentioned alongside each other to some degree this year and whilst ‘The Bomb’ isn’t to willing to open up about the lay of the land, he can’t hide the fact he is big fight hungry for the BUI Celtic title,

He would be willing to go straight into an all-Irish clash next, but the fact he is keen to get six rounds under his belt in Scotland in early November suggests he would like to be in a domestic title clash on the tenth edition of the Boxing Ireland fight series.

“As I said I would take a domestic fight in the morning if I was given it. I am not going to turn down a fight if it was offered,” the Jonathan Lewins-trained fighter told Irish-boxing.com.

“I said at the start of the year I want these hard fights. I am an entertainer at the end of the day, I have to sell tickets and you’re not going to do that if you are knocking boys out in the first round. People want to see a good fight and that’s what I want to give them. “

“Hopefully I get a six rounder next and then I can have a domestic title fight maybe. As long as it makes sense Stephen [Sharpe] doesn’t mind it. They know I would like that, but they make the plans. Still, if I got a six rounder next, that would be ideal and then I am at least in contention.”

The Drumgoon destroyer was speaking after he registered his third win since turning over this year. He was always expected to beat Kristaps Zulgis – although he remains adamant he faced more than a journeyman – but seems to see this early fights as more than just a record building exercise.

The Ulster fighter is keen to try new things out, learn and bank experience.

“I was happy with the four rounds. I don’t think it was my best performance, but I went out there with a tactic of keeping him at range and countering him. I don’t want get closed into fights that I shouldn’t be closed in. He isn’t a journeyman in my eyes he is just a tough fighter, so my plan was to keep him at range.

“I fell short with some of the shots, but look I tried to do what we were working on and it will all help in big fights down the line.
It’s experience at the end of the day and used my skill. All I wanted was a win and I got that for me and my support which I have to say has been great.”

Photo CreditRicardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]