Steven Donnelly promising to show improvements in quick-fire second fight


Just three weeks after his debut, Steven Donnelly [1(0)-0] goes into his second professional fight this Saturday night promising improvements.

The Ballymena light middleweight fights at the Arena Birmingham, appearing on the undercard of his boxing idol Amir Khan.

Donnelly will feature in a four rounder early on on the Matchroom bill versus Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Miguel Aguilar [11(5)-47(9)-1].

The Rio Olympian, who is joined on the undercard by fellow former Irish elite amateur Sean McComb, is delighted to be fighting again so soon following his debut on the Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson undercard at Windsor Park.

Donnelly outlined how “it’s great to get out again so quickly after the big debut at Windsor Park. It’s important to get some momentum and people are starting to know me now. These big stages help.”

“Windsor Park was more daunting than this bill will be because it was outside. There’ll still be pressure there but I’m looking forward to it and I want to put on a show for everyone in Birmingham.

“It’s great having Sean McComb on the same bill and starting on the same time. We’re on the same journey and we had lots of amateur experiences together. We’re good friends and we’re looking to get to the top.”

While it has been less than three weeks since his debut win over Kevin McCauley, 29-year-old Donnelly is promising an improved performance on the Amir Khan v Samuel Vargas card.

The Ray Ginley-trained All Saints graduate explained how “I’ve made some improvements since the debut, too. I was too eager to impress last time and I wasn’t settling down.”

“I tried to do things too fast but this time, I’m going to take my time and listen to my trainer.”

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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