ALAN Donnellan is back in his Iron Man suit is ready to fly up the boxing ladder.
The super middleweight has gone back to his roots and believes the move can salvage a career that looked to be derailed by two defeats last time out.
‘Donny’, however is now ready to put 2013 a year that was more frustrating than unlucky, with an ‘exciting performance’ when he returns to the ring in Belfast on October 4.
The 26 year old has moved home to Galway and a return to his amateur gym has reinvigorated him so much that he has been re nicknamed ‘Iron Man’ and he is ready to be explosive from here or out.
The fighter, who lost twice in 2013, says its back to square one in every respect and he is looking forward to a fresh start starting in the stacked Devinish card next week.
“Career wise I’m at square one again,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“I feel that 2013 really let down a lot of the great work that had been put into me by Ken Moore and the team in St. Francis. I can’t change any of that, but I definitely feel reinvigorated moving home and I can definitely put everything into this sport again.
“I moved home (to Galway from Limerick) earlier in the year, so I’ve returned to training in the Olympic Boxing Club where I trained as an amateur. Getting back to my roots, I’ve started to train really aggressively again and for the first time since my teens I have been branded “Ironman” again because of the amount of time I spend in the gym. II want all that work to shine through with an exciting performance October 4th.”
Donnellan faces Iain Jackson on the Night of Champions on October 4 and claims even his upcoming foe goes with the back to the start theme.
“I had actually been scheduled to box Jackson in 2012. I find it really strange, like a repeat exam; I have to pass this test again if I’m to move on.”