Gunning for Donovan v Phelan all Kildare Irish title fight
Team Eric Donovan want their charge to buckle the Irish title around his waist in September.
The featherweight prospect ticked another few boxes with an impressive victory over a game Laszlo Horvath on the top of the Celtic Clash 2 card in the National Stadium on Saturday night.
The respected RTE pundit has shown skill, poise and even power in this open three bouts, but proved he has stomach for a fight, can take a punch and can entertain when needs be with victory in a high octane top of the bill clash.
It now seems the fast tracked inclined former amateur stand out will get the chance to win his first pro trinket next time out. Manager and co promoter of the populated Celtic Clash 2 card, Leonard Gunning, revealed he will make an offer to Donovan’s fellow Kildare man Allan Phelan to fight his charge for the belt on the proposed ‘Celtic Clash 3’ September 9th card.
“We want an Irish title fight next. There will be an offer made within two weeks. I will step away close my eyes and recharge my batteries, then there will be an Irish title fight offer made for September 9th,” Gunning explained.
“There are a couple of Irish guys that qualify at the moment, there is one fight that is obvious, a Kildare clash. A fight between two really good guys that had two really good wins tonight. That tees up a big Irish title fight and an all Kildare clash. That was purposely an eight round fight to qualify him for the title, we want to get straight into it.
“He is off Monday to London to spar Ryan Burnett and help prepare him for his World title. If he is mixing with a guy and more than holding his own again against a guy preparing for a World title then he is ready for a step up to at least an Irish title.”
Donovan himself is keen and speaking after his win explained how “I want the Irish title. It’s nothing personal with any fighter I just want the belt. I am not sure what featherweights there are out there, obviously there is Allan Phelan, but I am willing to fight whoever.
“The Irish title gives you a European ranking and winning the European title is my dream.”
Picture courtesy of Laszlo Geczo.
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