A potential Irish welterweight showdown has been mooted on social media for the massive Anthony Joshua-Dillian Whyte undercard in London on December 12th.
Yesterday former Irish, British, and Commonwealth champ Frankie Gavin [22(13)-2(1)] took exception to being ranked below John O’Donnell [29(11)-2(1)] by the Boxing Union of Ireland.
@boxingunionIRL how can u have john odonnell above me ? Good fighter but I’m more proven in pros
— Frankie Gavin ₯ (@frankiegavin1) October 19, 2015
Galweigan O’Donnell, a former Commonwealth champ, was due to face Dale Evans in a British title eliminator in December but this fight was shelved due to Evans being elevated to challenge for Sam Egginton’s British and Commonwealth belts in Birmingham last weekend. Evans’s elevation came after the withdrawal of Gavin from the all-Brummie clash with Eggington. The 29 year old southpaw is certainly up for a clash of the lefties with Gavin.
Gavin still wants to have his local derby with Eggington, however this is unlikely to take place before the new year, and a clash with O’Donnell could be perfect timing for both.
Indeed the trash talk has already begun.
— John O’Donnell (@Jodonnell_boxer) October 19, 2015
O’Donnell’s promoter Steve Goodwin contacted Hearn, Gavin’s promoter, regarding a potential fight – but has yet to receive a reply.
The bout would add even more Irish interest in the card which is set to feature the long-awaited grudge match between Cork’s Spike O’Sullivan and Chris Eubank Jr.
Away from O’Donnell and Gavin, the Irish welterweight scene is a healthy one, with an upcoming title fight between Peter McDonagh and Dean Byrne scheduled for November 7th in the National Stadium.