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Dylan McDonagh promises he’s not a “punchbag” ahead of short notice Sky Sports fight

He has only had four days of notice but Dylan McDonagh [3(1)-0] isn’t in Cardiff to pick up a paycheque.

The Jobstown bantamweight fights Matchroom starlet Sean McGoldrick [6(2)-0] in the chief support bout of the JD NXTGEN bill at the Ice Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

A monumental task, regardless of how long he had to prepare, 33-year-old McDonagh approaches the fight full of confidence.

The Tallaght fighter is not one to be intimidated by the double Commonwealth medallist – indeed, he believes that this weekend will be his big break-out moment.

McDonagh said that “I’m excited, thanks to Matchroom for getting me on the show, I think this my moment.”

“I believe that I’ll do the job on Saturday.”.

“It’s a short notice fight with just four days to prepare but that’s why I’ve stayed fit and ready,” added the gym junkie who defeated Georgi Georgiev last time out, three weeks ago, in Dublin.

‘The Firecracker’ looked right at home at the final press conference today where he looked slightly larger than McGoldrick, who has two Irish parents, when they went head-to-head.

Nestled in beside Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov and former Commonwealth lightweight champ Sean Dodd, McDonagh spoke with confidence ahead of what will be a step-up in rounds to eight, and a leap-up in terms of opposition.

“I’m not scared,” he declared. “I’m scared of nobody.”

“I’m not going to be here to be a punchbag for anybody.”

“I can’t wait to show the world what I can do.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie