It won’t be 3Arena levels but a big card, featuring numerous domestic title fights and with live TV backing through TG4, has been confirmed for the National Stadium in Dublin and will be officially announced at a press conference at the venue tomorrow afternoon.
Athy featherweight Eric Donovan [8(4)-0] will headline the bill – titled ‘Clash of the Titans’ – which will bring Assassin Promotions and Boxing Ireland Promotions together in an encouraging sign of things to come.
The identity of the opponent for ‘Lilywhite Lightning’ will be revealed tomorrow, with Donovan set to box for the vacant Irish featherweight title.
The date of the card will also be unveiled at this event.
Along with Donovan, the bill will feature another Irish title fight, which will be announced tomorrow and Irish-Boxing.com understands it will be something of a domestic dream card which will pull together fighters from both stables – with up to SIX further all-Irish matches on the bill.
So far, also officially confirmed for the bill are BUI Celtic light welter champion Victor Rabei and Kerry-Limerick super feather Siobhan O’Leary with potentially record numbers of further additions to come.
33-year-old Donovan will be returning to the ring following a frustrating 2018 which saw him limited to just two fights.
The former European and EU bronze medallist is chasing the continental crown in the pro ranks and will be looking to kickstart this starting on the ‘Clash of the Titans’ bill.
It will be a TV debut – in the professional ring – for the respected commentator and analyst and one which has been a long time coming.
TG4 broadcast two pro shows last year, the Ireland’s Last Man Standing event in March and Ray Moylette’s Homecoming in Castlebar in December.
The latter should prove the perfect model for the popular Donovan who has enjoyed good media coverage during his rise.
The association between Assassin, who were involved in both TG4 shows last year, and Boxing Ireland – purveyors of the popular Celtic Clash series is also a major move for the sport south of the border.
As mentioned above, full details of the show and the link-up will be confirmed tomorrow afternoon.