‘Lilywhite Lightning’ strikes – Eric Donovan clears path for Matchroom chance with Belgian win

Eric Donovan cleared the path to a big 2021 by securing victory in Belgium today.

The Kildare fighter had his hand raised after a six round contest in Fight Off Training Center, Wavre, Walloon Brabant, Belgium on the undercard of two Belgium title fights.

The 35-year-old out pointed the last man to bring MHD stablemate James Tennyson the distance, Rafael Castillo.

The Irish featherweight champion won every round against the Spain based Nicaraguan winning 60-54.

It was the Mark Dunlop managed fighters first contest since he suffered his first career defeat to Zelfa Barrett during Fight Camp.

The Pascal Collins trained operator has been assured of another Sky opportunity by Eddie Hearn and the returning to winning ways should clear that path for him to be involved in a ranking title fight, if Matchroom see fit.

Speaking on Twitter Donovan said : “We came for the win and we got it. Job done, we finish 2020 the way we started it… winning!! I’m really excited about 2020 and what my team have in store for me. Now, I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family. The support I receive is incredible, thank you!”

The win see’s Donovan improve to 13(7)-1, while his opponent slips to 14(6)-59(20)-3

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com