Next fight for Irish Champion Eric Donovan CONFIRMED

Kildare featherweight Eric Donovan [9(5)-0] will return to the ring next month.

‘Lilywhite Lightning’ enjoyed a breakthrough night at the end of March when he headlined a TG4 show at the National Stadium, winning the Irish title in the process, and he will now look to make further inroads with his first overseas pro fight. can confirm that Donovan will fight for a tenth time as a pro on Saturday June 22nd at the famous York Hall in London.

The Boxing Ireland southpaw will feature on a Hellraiser show at the historic Bethnal Green venue.

An opponent for Donovan on the show – which is being dubbed ‘The Irish Invasion’ and will feature a number of other fighters from these shores – will be confirmed shortly.

The 33-year-old is looking to make big strides in 2019 having overcome a nightmare 2018 which was beset by injuries.

This resurgence began with a knockout win over Stephen McAfee to win the Irish 126lbs title live on terrestrial television – and was followed by a huge boost in Donovan’s profile with numerous well-received mainstream media appearances.

Further TG4 fights for Donovan – as well as more titles such as the BBBoC Celtic and EBU European Union belts – look to be in the pipeline but, before this, the Athy star will continue building and have a UK introduction.

The bill in six-and-a-half weeks’ time will also see appearances for Assassin Promotions quartet Owen Duffy, Victor Rabei, Craig McCarthy, and Cillian Reardon – with more Irish boxers set to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

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Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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Joe O'Neill

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