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Kelvin McDonald back in the groove and closing in on all-Irish clash

Kelvin McDonald missed out on an early domestic dust-up but the Larne super featherweight still added another win to his record and may have an all-Irish fight sooner rather than later.

‘Boom Boom’ was due to face old semi-pro rival Declan Kenna in a grudge match back in March but saw this fight shelved when the Dubliner had a delay in getting his licence.

McDonald [2(0)-0] finally registered his second pro win on Saturday night, beating Scouse journeyman Ricky Leach on ‘Celtic Clash 8’ in Belfast and the past few days have seen the youngster engaged in some online back-and-forths with Aiden Metcalfe [2(0)-1(1)] regarding a fight on the next installment of the popular Boxing Ireland series.

The ambitious fighter isn’t keen on facing negative opponents and explained to Irish-Boxing.com how “all the nerves around fighting a domestic fight [v Kenna] and being ready to go, it was hard to get back in there versus an awkward journeyman, it was hard to get back up for it, but I got there eventually.”

“It was good to get back in there and get the nerves back, feeling how it is, and getting hit with eight ounces again!”

“He was tricky, he was very experienced, he had something like 43 or 44 fights. He was very awkward coming in and moving our so he was hard to catch sometimes.”

McDonald looked flashy and sharp during the four-rounder and feels he is improving rapidly since his debut win over Alec Bazza last November.

The Ulsterman noted how I’m growing into the professionals. I’ve been sparring great guys like Marco McCullough and Stephen Webb and I’m learning from them every day.”

“I go away on holidays in July so if I could get out before then it would be great but it’s probably going to be Septembertime. I’d be happy enough with that and maybe a step-up to six rounds.”

Following this interview McDonald would be ‘called out’ but Crumlin’s Metcalfe for a fight.

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There is no bad blood between the stablemates who seem to be on friendly terms, rather they merely share a desire for domestics.

Metcalfe said “me and Kelvin next, let’s make this Stephen [Sharpe, manager].”

McDonald would reply that “Aiden is right, no bullshit just two warriors wanting to win. We need to get this fight sorted.”

An announcement on ‘Celtic Clash 9′ is due shortly and, considering both partys’ willingness and their managerial link, it certainly is a clash that could feature.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie