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Dylan McDonagh wants big fights following statement KO

It was a smash and grab.

Dylan McDonagh [2(1)-0] claimed a statement first round stoppage at the weekend on the big ‘Celtic Clash 4’ bill in the National Stadium on Friday night.

The Jobstown bantamweight took on Hungarian Robert Kanalas in Dublin and showed some impressive killer instinct.

McDonagh started off on the jab and, when he sensed his opportunity, a switch flicked and he forced Kanalas to the corner, unloading a frightening number of punches to force a stoppage.

The energetic 32 year old told Irish-Boxing.com that “I broke more of a sweat in the warm-up.”

“The nerves are gone now, I’m in the club every day training, Frank [Stacey, coach] is showing me bits and pieces, so I was more than prepared for that fight.”

“Frank was telling me to just use the jab, keep my distance, then do it. I could feel it straight away, the power, and Robert told me after that he could feel it straight away, something’s working.”

“I enjoyed that, they [the fans] enjoyed it, and hopefully there’ll be more there next time.”

While Kanalas has been stopped before, no-one has done the job as quickly as McDonagh, who notes how “I think I made a statement, because Ryan Burnett fought him and took him out in the second round, I took him out in the first round.”

The ambitious Tallaght fighter is keen to progress following the win, and is eyeing a date “straight after Christmas, I’ll train every day over Christmas.”

“I want big fights, I want international fights, I don’t care, Frank watches the opponents and I’ll fight them.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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