Opportunity knocks – Paddy Donovan rejoicing in step up test

For many it’s a risk, but for Paddy Donovan [4(3)-0] it’s a massive opportunity.

The 21-year-old goes from journey man to domestic level gate keeper in just his fourth fight and does with delighted, as he feels he has a chance to fuel the hype.

Add the fact Jumanne Camero [10(3)-6(0)], a proven test for fighters further along the career journey than the Limerick man, has been handed sizable notice for the first time in his career and you a leap rather than step up the ladder.

It’s certainly not a routine keep busy fight for the Limerick native and one that should bring a sense of jeopardy.

However, nerves are the last thing the confident prospect has heading into Wednesday’s #MTKFightNight.

Excitement is the core emotion the Top Rank fighter gives off. Donovan is content with everyone highlighting the danger ‘The Predator’ brings, as it provides him with the chance to show why he is deemed a unique talent by some of the most respected names in the game.

“I’ve notice there’s been a lot more talk about this fight,” he admits when speaking to Irish-boxing.com.

“Some are saying it’s a step up in opponent – and I’m sure it is. That makes me very excited, exited I get the opportunity to show the fans of boxing that I’m not just going to wait around and keep fighting not so good opposition.

“I want to go up the ladder, fight good opponents and make my name bigger by beating these guys.”

It’s that kind of talk that has Camero suggesting Donovan is overlooking him.

An accusation the former underage amateur standout denies.

“I’m not over looking him,” ‘The Real Deal’ answers firmly.

“He’s a lot to gain in this fight and has nothing to lose. He’s a decent boxer and he’s coming to win. I am aware of that.

“I’ve done everything possible in this camp to make sure there is no slip up. I’m going really well. I’m very confident in my boxing ability and my power. I am confident I can beat him.”

It’s not only Camero the Andy Lee trained fighter believes he can defeat.

The southpaw stylist is aware victory on Wednesday may mean he will have to continue on a very speedy fast track. However, that isn’t an issue for the young prospect.

“If I keep going the way I’m going, improving, learning and maturing there won’t be many fighters that will want to share the ring with me.

“I’m only 21 but I’m going in the right direction. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. I believe I’m going to be a world champion. I’m very confident I can be.”

A lockdown mid camp threatened to hamper preparations somewhat, but Donovan is adamant he is happy with the lead into the big fight.

“Camp has gone well,” he continues.

“I’m fit and ready. I’m feeling great and I just can’t wait to fight now. It’s been tough on everyone especially with lockdown, but I have set my focus on my goals for the future and kept training at home.”

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