June 13 Jonny Stapleton
Alan Donnellan has gone from suffering sever heart break-when the by now infamous Galway show unfortunately fell down-to experiencing pure excitement after he confirmed a two new dates of the boxing kind.
The Craughwell’s pugilist was due to appear on the Salthill based IPBA card late last month and was ‘crushed’ when the show had to be cancelled.
However, he quickly secured two new fighting slots and eager to progress his fledgling career a step or even two further.
Christmas has come earlier for the 23 year old light middleweight and he is now looking forward to indulging in his own personal boxing feast.
‘Donny’ is out on September 3 in the Institute Of Technology Limerick on the under card of Willie Casey’s comeback, and also makes an appearance on Maria Ni Shiuilleabhain and BDR’s October 2 promotional bow in Dundalk.
And Donnellan believes the disappointment suffered earlier in the month will only spur him on to perform in September and October.
“The cancellation of the Galway show was just the climax of a very frustrating period. My preparations had been meticulous and it was crushing to have the fight pulled at such short notice. I was genuinely heartbroken and cut up about it. I’m just ecstatic that Gary has given me this opportunity and I would really like to repay him with an entertaining performance,” Donnellan told www.irish-boxing.com
“It seems that Irish boxing is either a feast or a famine for me. It’s fantastic, reassuring and motivating to have two dates ahead and has made me strengthen my resolve and intensify my training.”
Training is were the three fight novice believes boxers earn their pay and he is already putting in the hard work for a September show. He also hopes by the end of the year he will be a much improved operator.
“Waiting for these fights is worse than waiting for Christmas as a kid. For me training is the hard work; fights are or opportunity to exhibit all our hard work and exercise our passion. I expect this year to be crucial in my development. We have been working extremely hard in the gym and hopefully by the end of 2011 I’ll start to look like a more mature, improved fighter.”