Irish champion Eric Donovan confirms new fight date

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It’s next stop Glasgow for Eric Donovan.

The Irish featherweight champion will look to register is eleventh straight win when he returns to the ring in Scotland on November 23.

The Athy favourite becomes the latest Irish fighter to trade leather on a Sam Kynoch show and will take on a yet to be confirmed opponent on the the Pugilism at the Plaza card.

Donovan [10(6)-0] was meant to fight in Belfast this weekend, but suffered disappointment when a stacked ‘He Who Dares’ card fell through.

The Kildare featherweight and reigning Irish champion was due to face Spaniard Cristian Montilla [9(5)-4(3)-1] for the Celtic Nations featherweight title, a fight his team felt would help him progress toward making a breakthrough in 2020.

However, ‘Lillywhite Lightening’ has managed to secure a date before the end of the year and could open up doors in Scotland with an impressive performance.

Donovan recently entered the European Union rankings and is aiming to build towards the vacant belt to be contested for by Mauro Forte and Aritz Pardal.

However, the likes of Jay Byrne have used a link with Sam Kynoch to secure the BBBofC Celtic title and that may be a route the 34-year-old can explore.

Secure that British Boxing Board of Control sanctioned title, which British fighters can uses as a British title stepping stone, and doors may open up with regard to some of Sky Sport’s featherweights.

The Athy 34-year-old had called for a slot on the Katie Taylor undercard in Manchester on November 2nd, but to no avail.

If in possession of the BBBofC Celtic title future calls may not fall on deaf years.

However, it has to be noted the former amateur of note has a European title dream and EU title success would help massively in that regard.

November 23rd will be the second time Donovan has fought on the road. The Glasgow fight follows he Irish Invasion win in London’s York Hall last time out.

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