Five-Star Jim Donovan Powered by ‘Google Brain’

When it comes to boxing Jim Donovan’s brain can compute quicker than the world’s largest search engine.

The teen prospect’s boxing mind provides Google-like help ahead of upcoming bouts. The Limerick fighter says he watches one video of prospective opponents and he is served up a ready-made game plan as fast as Google provides a search result.

The OLOL fighter made the comparison after claiming his ninth Irish title putting together a string of unanimous victory’s in the National Stadium over at the most recent National Youth Championships.

When pushed on his talent and his approach after beating Cole Byrne of Rathnew in an entertaining decider, the fighter, who counts Andy Lee as one of his biggest fans said: “I have a brain like Google.

“I watch one video and analyze that person and I know how to fight them straight away. I’ve a good mindset and it’s all about the mindset. Today he was a southpaw and as I said every time I fight a different style it seems to suit me. I analyze them with my uncle Gugu [Martin Donovan] and come up with the game plan. It’s all about the game plan.”

The cousin of former underage standouts Edward and Paddy Donovan emerged victorious from one of the more populated and talent-packed weight classes and did so winning four fights 5-0.

It’s an achievement he is immensely proud of and one he believes should cement his place on the plane to Spain for the November World Youth Championships.

“I can’t ask for any better 5-0 each fight. You have to be getting 5-0 decisions to make sure you go to these World Championships, you don’t just come out with 3-2 decisions and then get picked to go to a World championship. Boxing ain’t a game. I think you have to be very very very good.”

Reflecting on the final performance he adds: “Everyone knew it was going to be him in the final. He came to win and I came to win that’s why it was a good fight, but I was the smarter boxer, a clever boxer, a cleaner puncher and that’s why I won 5-0. I’m very very happy with my performance, I couldn’t have asked for better performance. “

Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 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: