The Olympics were never a dream for the Larne fighter but now, turning pro, he has a hit-list.
The ambitious teenager knows the venues he wants to fight in, the belts he wants to box for, and even the opponents he hopes to face.
Linking up with Boxing Ireland Promotions, he is the outfit’s latest Northern signing as they explore the possibility of running shows in Belfast in the new year – with McDonald wanting to feature prominently.”
Introducing himself, McDonald told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’ve been boxing since I was eight years old, I’ve had over 100 fights in the vest. won championships right through schoolboys.”
“I’ve beaten some high quality opponents and made the final of the Youth commonwealth Games qualifiers where I was by a quality boxer in Dominic Bradley who ended up captain of the team.”
“I’ve never had the motivation for the amateurs, I never had a goal set like Olympics or nothing, it never really motivated me but turning pro did.”
“I’ve always wanted to turn pro ever since I was young it was all just a dream and thanks to Boxing Ireland Promotions for making it come true.”
The charismatic Ulsterman has been boxing on the semi-pro circuit recently and was last seen winning a Prizefighter-style tournament in Newry.
McDonald aims to please and notes how “my fighting style, let’s just say it’s exciting, you won’t ever see me in a boring fight.”
“I like to give fans their money’s worth, I’m either on the back foot counter punching, nice and stylish, or I’m coming to take your head off and in brawl I can do both.”
“For the pros I don’t think I’m gonna have to change to much from how I am now, everyone has always said my style suits the pros more with the amateurs I was only ever getting started in the third round and waking up.”
“My biggest thing I would need to work on is getting fitter and once I have that box ticked there won’t be nothing that will stop me.”
‘Boom Boom’ seems to know the value of standing out as a new pro and is also a man who knows what he wants.
Fellow new pros Jamie Douglas and Ruadhan Farrell are both fights which appeal in he relatively near future for McDonald who has an eye on being the domestic top dog.
“I want a domestic fight,” he outlined.
“Jamie Douglas is out there for me I fought him in the semi pros and he thinks he beat me and many think different so I want the rematch,” he said of his Boxing Ireland stablemate before turning attentions to the Assassin Boxing teenager
“Ruadhan Farrell is another fight I want in the future and one me and Boxing Ireland Promotions are happy I’ll win and one we know that we can make
“My short term goal would be get a few fights under my belt with journeymen and then start to look at the domestic fights out there for myself.”
“The long term goal I have – definitely win an Irish or Celtic title, that would be like a world title to me and mean so much.”
“Many fighters have dreams of boxing in America but I’ve two venues long term I would love to box at and they would have to be the Odyssey Arena and the York Hall.”