Paddy’s Day! Donovan ready to bring half of Limerick to New York

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It’s full steam ahead for New York now as Paddy Donovan [2(1)-0] officially confirmed he will fight on his ‘idol’ Michael Conlan’s St Patrick’s Day undercard.

The talented 20-year-old had been mooted as possible March 17 undercard participant on what’s becoming known as Michael Conlan night in the Big Apple, but confirmed he will fight at the Garden in the Spring of next year.

It’s a massive opportunity for the new to the game pro to impress and widen his fan base, although with Conlan and possibly Carl Frampton fighting on the night, as well as half of Limerick coming, there may not be room left for any Donovan unaware fans.

“The next day out is Paddy’s Day that’s confirmed now,” Donovan told IFL TV.

“I am not sure if we will have one in between, but Paddy’s Day is confirmed. Michael is an idol of mine and to be on one of his cards I am very pleased.

“Imagine the crowd that will be there that night. Everyone is texting me and ringing me telling me they are going to go. I will probably have half of [Limerick] there. There is a lot of support from Clare and Limerick always behind me.”

‘The Real Deal’ was speaking post his second career victory. The Andy Lee trained, Top Rank fighter managed to get six rounds under his belt in just his second outing.

Even more impressively the noted stylist showed he is as much about power as he is panache by dropping tough man Danny Mendoza [6(4)-7(0)] during the fight.

Speaking afterwards the OLOL graduate admitted he wanted to maintain his 100 percent knockout ratio, but was content with how he performed.

“I came through with flying colours. The lad was never put down or never hurt and I put him down today. I showed I am still carrying that power. I am very happy with my performance. I probably wanted the knockout to be honest with you, but Andy was very happy with my performance,” he continued.

“A few times I though I had him gone. I was catching him with body shots, uppercuts and lovely shots when he was coming in, but he is a very very tough cookie and he just didn’t want go. It was a great shot to put him down, but he is one of those though fellas that loves to survive.”

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Jonny Stapleton

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