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McDonald ready to make the most of ‘dream’ opportunity

Carl McDonald is thrilled to be fighting ‘The Thrill’ on Saturday night.

The latest fighter to come out of Jobstown has taken a last minute offer to fight fancied and undefeated Matchroom fighter Jordan Gill. The 23-year-old English puncher is looking to stretch his unbeaten run to 20 fights before pushing for titles and is confident of victory on the massive Haye Bellew card.

With all that in mind some will suggest it’s far from ideal, a risk not really worth taking, but for McDonald it’s a ‘dream come true’.

One of the last Golden Cobra graduates is delighted with the chance to sample the big fight atmosphere and appear on a card massive PPV card that includes a host of distinguished an well know fighters none less so that Tony Bellew and David Haye.

“I’m really excited about tomorrow night, it a great opportunity to be fighting on such a massive card. This is the stuff you dream of as a young kid, being part of nights like tomorrow night,” McDonald explained.

It’s all positive from the Eddie Hyland trained little man, but don’t mistake his excitement for role acceptance. The Tallaght fighter hasn’t flown to London to admire is surroundings and play the role of the journey man. McDonald is adamant he will make people take note and believes he can cause an upset.

“I’m fully confident that I can make a statement tomorrow night, we wouldn’t have taken the fight if we didn’t think we could win and I’m going to go out an give it 100%.”

A positive outcome on such a show would be a real display of McDonald’s bouncebackability and is already proof you never know what is around the corner in the sport of boxing.

The 29 year old Boxing Ireland fighter had a difficult period in 2017 in and out of the ring and was left feeling down after derby defeat to Regan Buckley. However the fighter, who faces Colin O’Donovan in Dublin on June 16, claims he is in a good place now and excited about both the immediate and more distant future.

“I’m feeling good in myself, I had a difficult few months last year and was really disappointed with how I performed against Buckley but so far this year things are really positive. I was happy with my performance on Celtic Clash 5, I’ve a Celtic Title fight in a couple of weeks on Celtic Clash 6 and im over here in London fighting on the undercard of a Sky pay per view event, sure what else could you ask for.

“I’ve a really good team around me, my management team Boxing Ireland Promotions and my coach Eddie Hyland are a massive support to me”

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McDonald isn’t the only one who believes he can impress in front of influential eyes on the Sky Sports card, his team are confident he can at the very least test a fighter that is trying to move from contender to prospect.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Carl and one he deserves. Carl is a really dedicated lad who has shown he is made of stern stuff over the last year or so. It’s a very difficult fight against the unbeaten Jordan Gills but myself, Leonard and Eddie are confident Carl can make a statement,” Stephen Sharpe added.

“Carl has stayed in the gym since his impressive performance last month and he is fit, relaxed and confident, it’s a big opportunity and Carl knows that”.


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