The Galway welter was due to fight on the now-cancelled Fury-Klitchko refixed rematch at the Manchester Arena, but saw his fight date shelved for a second successive time following Fury’s retirement.
A new date was quickly found for the 38 year old, who will now end eight months of activity on a Steve Wraith show at the Tolworth Recreation Centre.
The Irish 147lbs champion spoke to Irish-Boxing.com ahead of his fight and admitted that “the last few months have been very frustrating for me, fighting, not fighting, fighting for a title, then no title, but I’m a good pro and I’ve got great team around me in MGM.”
“Thanks to MGM and my manager Daniel [Kinahan] for getting me out on the same date [as he was originally scheduled for].”
In terms of his opponent, McDonagh does not face a noted foe. However, he knows first-hand that records can be deceiving and is also aware that a loss could signal the end of his career. The Connemara fighter explained that “I’ve got a Polish kid over eight rounds. His record’s nothing to look at, but sure neither is mine. Records are for DJs.”
“I don’t take any fight easy as I know every fight can be the last. I’m going out there and doing what I’ve done for the last nine fights – win and put on a show for my loyal fans and my team at MGM.”
“The Cinderella Story will have its next chapter on Saturday night.”
“There’s only one thing that’s impossible and that’s to beat a man that doesn’t give up like me,” he added before revealing that he is planning a big 2017.
“I will sit down with my team again after this fight. I had a dream that 2017 will be my year to shine – but my mind’s on Saturday night, it’s going to be an Irish takeover.”
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