When he decided to turn over first Dominic Donegan was keen to let everyone know the light middleweight division in Ireland has a new heavy handed participant.
However, with his debut looming and been given more time to adapt to the pros the Cavan man is keen to show fight fans he is also a skills operator.
The Drumgoon prospect has been waiting to throw pro leather since January and was hoping debut in Dublin in March, but had to wait until Celtic Clash 8 and the show in the Devenish this weekend to officially ditch the vest.
The solider can’t wait to march in the ring, but admits the delay may have benefited him.
“I am very excited but focused on my debut in Belfast,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“I think having to wait has given me more time to work with my coach Jonathan Lewins and the team we have there. We have got to work on a lot of stuff and started to adapt to the pro style.”
Adapting to the pro style doesn’t necessarily mean being over aggressive. In fact Donegan wants to show people he can box come Saturday.
“I am not going out for the K.O, If it comes, it comes. I want to go in there and show people and my fans how good of a boxer I am and how I don’t waste any shots. I will go out and box and if I see a opening I will take it. I aim to be in control of the fight from start to finish.”
Donegan makes his pro debut against the hard to look good against Liam Griffiths and be exposed to the dark arts quite early in his career. The Cavan seems aware of the work that awaits.
“Liam has been in there with some of the best lads there is. He is no push over and I am going to take into account the fact he has good experience. He has over 80 fights so he is not ring shy.”