Lilywhite Lightning will aim to ensure there is no Hallowe’en hangover on the November 5th show at the National Stadium when he takes on Csaba ‘the Transylvanian Terror’ Kovacs [8(4)-7(3)-2]
Kildare’s Donovan eased past the challenge of rugged Pole Damian Lawniczak on his debut in June and now steps up his level of competition against Kovacs who hails from Bilghez in Transylvania and will be hoping to suck the momentum from the Athy man’s fledgling pro career.
The Romanian holds a shock win over Scotland’s Ian Butcher and has also beaten English prospects Ainsley Ratcliffe and Pharys Nassa. On his only previous visit to Ireland, Kovacs retired claiming shoulder injury in the second round of his clash with British bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett.
On the choice of opponent, Donovan described how “we’ve been looking for a quick step up in class after my debut and as soon as I heard Kovacs was prepared to come to Ireland to fight me I jumped at the chance. Kovacs has won more than he has lost and is no stranger from fighting in other peoples backyards including enjoying a couple of upset victories in England, so I won’t be taking him lightly.”
Donovan’s Sligo-born London-based manager Leonard Gunning added that “most fighters wouldn’t touch a guy like Kovacs in only their second fight but Eric didn’t hesitate when I said Kovacs was up for it. Eric can’t overlook his guy and is going to have to on top form if he wants to get past Kovacs and achieve his goals.”