Eric Donovan brings on board another Irish boxing legend for upcoming fight

Eric Donovan returns to the ring this month and will do so with another Irish boxing legend in his corner.

After long-time coach Dom O’Rourke took a step back due to his election as IABA president, Athy featherweight Donovan [6(3)-0] linked up with former WBO middleweight champion and former amateur team-mate Andy Lee.

The pair partnered for Donovan’s dominant points win over Juancho Gonzalez in December.

Donovan is back in action in his seventh pro fight on Saturday February 17th in Waterford on the inaugural ‘Ring Kings’ show at the WIT Arena where he faces Hungarian Ignac Kassai [22(7)-55(25)-2] over six rounds.

This time another one of his former amateur team-mates and close friends will be in the corner – Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan.

The light heavyweight has been quite involved in Donovan’s pro career to date, attending fights and providing publicity – as well as a spot of padwork before ‘Lilywhite Lightning’s’ fifth fight back in September.

The pair have been working together in recent weeks, and will test the waters in just over two weeks time.

Egan will be joined in the corner by Gerry Storey Sr and Jr from the Holy Family club in North Belfast. The father and son duo have been part of Donovan’s team since he began his professional career.

Photo Credit: Sharon Flanagan


Joe O'Neill

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