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Frankie Gavin: Peter McDonagh is a nice guy, but I deserve Euro shot more

Peter McDonagh and Dean Byrne put on a show at the National Stadium last weekend for the Irish welterweight title, with McDonagh emerging victorious after a ten round battle.

With the win, the Galway man secured his third Irish belt, and is now aiming for a European title fight against the winner of Paulie Malignaggi and Gianluca Branco.

However, another former Irish champion, Frankie Gavin, believes that McDonagh doesn’t merit this shot – and the Birmingham-born man feels that the winner of his British and Commonwealth title fight with Sam Eggington should get a crack at the European belt first.

Gavin was due to challenge for cross-city rival Eggington’s belts last month in Birmingham, but had to withdraw due to injury.

This fight is set to be rescheduled for early next year.

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