McDonagh is coming to my home town there is no way I can be beaten in Dublin

Considering he is on the books of MGM, Peter McDonagh will technically be the home fighter in his eagerly anticipated clash with Dean Byrne on the Second Coming show.

However, ‘Irish Lightning’ is keen to stress that there will be no home comforts for ‘The Connemara Kid’ as Dublin and the National Stadium are his domains.

The prize at stake is also extra motivation for the former Wild Card fighter, Byrne has always had Irish title desires.

“I always wanted the Irish title and the thought of lifting it on November 7 is driving me on,” Byrne told

“It is even more special I get to do that at home in front of my family and friends in my home town. What could be better? I really can’t wait. I will buy Peter a drink after the fight, he is going to need one, but he has to realize he is coming to my home town and there is no way I am going to be beaten in front of my family and friends.”

Byrne doesn’t just want to win the title, he is keen to defend it in Dublin. He believes a win over the two weight Irish champ will reopen doors for him, but his willingness to defend against fellow Irish welterweights might gives other domestic punchers the opportunity to grab some spotlight.

“Win this fight and it opens all sorts of doors for me,” Byrne added.

“A win live on Boxnation will set up big fights in Dublin, something I always wanted. I want to bring that title back to Dublin and defend it there. True there are some good domestic fighters at the weight, but look at my record I have never shied away from a challenge. If it makes sense I’ll fight anyone and I am back to my best now.”


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