A Draw Deal – Rohan Daté seeing the positives following unsatisfactory result

It’s not ideal, but Rohan Daté [4(3)-0-1] is seeing the positives after having his winning run halted.

The Waterford welterweight was held to a draw on Sunday evening by the undefeated Wes Smith.

A four-rounder on a Siesta show in Bracknell, Daté looked to have done enough but a strong finish from his Cornish opponent saw the bout ruled a somewhat dubious draw.

Daté, and many others, felt he did enough to win but he is not going to dwell on the result, instead looking to the positives which the fight will bring.

The Déise 25-year-old is upbeat, with the fight getting his foot in the door with international promoter Al Siesta.

Daté told Irish-Boxing.com that “I didn’t box near my best but after watching I think I still took the fight.”

“After watching it, I think I won more comfortably then I thought I did on the night”

The preparations for the clash, which was a big step up, were far from perfect.

Daté detailed that “I had a number of shows cancelled and fight weeks postponed, it just forced me to put in a very forced performance.”

“I had been on the way down to welterweight and took the fight then at super welter because it’s better I had the fight then not.”

However, with his undefeated record still in tact and big plans mapped out, the Dubai-based Daté is feeling quite positive.

The massive puncher outlined how “now I have a number of fights in the pipeline and that’s all I need.”

“I’ve taken on another undefeated opponent at a bigger weight and travelled everywhere in the last seven weeks to make sure I was in with the best – now it looks like I’ll have a five or six fight deal and it’s exactly what I was looking for.”

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


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie