Steven Donnelly [5(1)-0] is aware the Ultimate Boxxer can help him press the fast forward button on his pro career.
The Olympian was last week confirmed in the Prizefighter style light middleweight version of the tournament, which plays out at the Indigo at The O2 on September 20, live on BT Sport.
Similar to how the likes of Martin Rogan, Willie Casey and Jono Carroll used Prizefighter to propel their careers forward ‘The Donn’ plans to enhance his standing, record and profile by winning the knockout tournament.
“I’m really looking forward to the tournament. It’s on a huge stage on BT Sport so it’s a great opportunity for me to show my skills. It will raise my profile big time and can help me push on in my career. It’s also great that all of my supporters can tune in and watch me,” said the Gerard McManus trained fighter.
The 30-year-old is the first Olympian to enter the tournament and believes his amateur experience could play a part considering the format.
As an amateur, Donnelly represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics, and also won two Commonwealth bronze medals, and he plans on using that to his advantage.
“My elite amateur experience will play a big part and this style of fighting will suit me, but by no means is it a given. Every fighter will be there to win and I’ll be ready for whatever comes my way.”
The Ballymena man had a relatively fast start to pro life with four wins in two months after turning over last August. He has fought once since, an impressive stoppage win in May, and now has the chance to add three more wins to his record in the space of a matter of hours.
“I’m 5-0 as a professional and it’s only recently been a year since turning over so I’m happy with my progress, especially as I had a good knockout win in my last fight.
“I’ve seen a quick glance at the fighters but I haven’t checked up on them as I believe in my ability so I’ll leave all of that to my coach.”
Joining Donnelly in the tournament are Kaan Hawes, Joshua Ejakpovi, Sean Robinson, Aaron Collins, Kingsley Egbunike, Lenny Fuller and Lewis Syrett.