One of the surprise movers to the pro game was one Eric Donovan [2(1)-0].
At 30 years old, few expected the 2010 European bronze medalist to begin a professional career. However, ditch the vest he did, and ‘Lilywhite Lightning’ became one of the stories of 2016.
The Kildare fighter was immensely impressive, especially in his second pro fight versus Krzysztof Rogowski, taking to the paid game like a duck to water.
Donovan himself was happy with the switch, and told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’m pretty happy with the transition to the pros. I really like the prizefighting aspect of it, and I am excited to showcase my full arsenal in future fights even though I haven’t had to use them yet, it’s refreshing to know I have that I’m my locker. I’ve not expected the pro fans to be as aggressive, but I love that, they love good entertaining fights and I’m willing to give it to them.”
Looking ahead, the five-time Senior Elite Champion outlined how “my ideal year would be to have four, fights, ideal schedule perhaps February, April, July/August and finish off with one in November/December.”
“I have to put goals in place or else I’ll not be focusing on my career the way a professional should be – although I know things can change at any minute in this game. However, it’s important for me that I devise a strategic plan and aim for that – which is of course to finish 2017 with a strap around my waist, Celtic or Irish to be precise.”
Already a supreme talent, Donovan is still hungry to add to his game, and admits that “I want to improve on my strength. I have tremendous hand speed and footwork, but I’m looking at getting more strength into my shots when I land, making sure every punch landed has an impact.”
“I’m very grateful for the support I have received in my debut year and I’m hoping to continue where I left off in 2016 giving my family, friends, and fans pleasant memories!”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIreland)
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show