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Eric Donovan makes a surprise promotional switch

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Eric Donovan [12(7)-0] has made somewhat of a surprise promotional switch.

The talented and extremely marketable Irish featherweight champion has moved from Boxing Ireland to MHD Promotions.

Manager Mark Dunlop confirmed the move tonight and revealed he will have fight news for the keen to be fast tracked 34-year-old.

Donovan now becomes a stablemate of recent world title challenger James Tennyson, soon to be European title challenger Tommy McCarthy and recent British and European title challenger Paul Hyland Jr.

Speaking on social media Dunlop confirmed: “I am delighted to welcome Eric Donovan to the team, he is the current Boxing Union of Ireland Celtic & Irish Featherweight champion and holds a perfect record of 12-0.
Eric is trained by Irish boxing legend Kenny Egan out of the Ultimate Fitness Gym, Ballymount, Dublin.

“Eric “Lilywhite Lightening” joins a stable packed with talent including Tommy McCarthy, Paul Hyland Jnr, Ronnie “The Shark” Clark & James Tennyson. A special mention goes to Leonard Gunning for the hard work done thus far. News on Eric’s next fight will be coming soon.”

The Athy BC graduate has enjoyed success with Boxing Ireland having fought live on TG4 as well as winning the Irish and BUI Celtic title.

The five-time National Elite Champ and European and EU bronze medalist was flirted with an EU title shot in 2019, but when that didn’t materialize he became vocal about his desire to kick on.

The lack of shows in Dublin didn’t help and the Kenneth Egan trained fighter revealed he would retire if he wasn’t to secure a big fight or title shot in 2020.

The fact Dunlop has a strong working relationship with Matchroom and Sky Sports may help in that regard. At the very least Donovan could secure a slot as an opponent for one of Matchroom’s known feather or super featherweights and he would be more than confident of taking it.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com