Headline fight confirmed for Celtic Clash 2

The headline fight for the next pro card to take place in Ireland has been confirmed.

In just his fourth pro fight, Eric Donovan [3(2)-0] will top the biggest bill in Irish boxing history and look to claim his first professional belt.

31 year old Donovan, a European bronze medalist as an amateur, will act as the chief headliner for the ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ card at the National Stadium on Saturday May 27th.

The seventeen-fight bill, the largest ever in Ireland, will be topped by ‘Lilywhite Lightning’ who will fight over eight rounds for the BUI Celtic featherweight belt.

Donovan will face Spaniard Juan Luis Gonzalez [9(3)-5(2)] in the headline bout.

The 38 year old is a former Spanish title challenger and went eight with Jono Carroll in December. In his most recent fight the game Spaniard was stopped in the fourth by red-hot English prospect Sam Bowen.

The fight represents an early step up for the Kildare boxer, who has been pro less than a year. However, considering Donovan’s amateur pedigree and talent – as well as his relatively adavanced age in boxing terms – it is a welcome and encouraging move.

Also set to fight next month on the card are Jay Byrne, Stephen Carroll, Rohan Date, Sean Creagh, Allan Phelan, Vladimir Belujsky, JJ McDonagh, Crank Whitehouse, Carl McDonald, Lynn Harvey, John Joyce, John Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, Liam Gaynor, Regan Buckley, and Keane McMahon.

Tickets for ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.

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