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‘Take Note’ – Eric Donovan tells Irish fighters to follow Munster men’s lead

Both Jamie Morrissey and Kevin Cronin walk away from their drawn Irish title fight as big winners according to Eric Donovan.

Neither fighter managed to get their hands on the Irish light heavyweight title that was up for grabs in Galway last Friday, but the former Irish featherweight champion argues both still got reward for their bravery- both in the ring and in taking the fight.

The recently retired Kildare fighter and respected pundit believes the rivalry and their blood and guts displays over two title fights has benefited both massively.

‘Lilywhite Lightning’ points out, not only have both gained huge experience by fighting in big title fights in just their fifth and sixth fights, but have gained new fans as well as an improved profile.

It’s something the former EU champion believes all young professionals such ‘take note’ of and an example they should look to follow.

Speaking online in a ‘message to young Irish professional boxers starting out’ Donovan said: “These two champs boxed to a draw l on the Galway Rising card. That’s 18 rounds of boxing these two warriors have put on in a short couple of months. Kevin Cronin and Jamie Morrisey, Kerry vs Limerick for the Celtic the last time and for the Irish this time.

“These two fighters have got people talking, expanded their fan base and increased their profiles. The positive impact that those fights will have on their professional boxing careers can only be a GOOD THING!”

The former amateur standout, who turned to the pro game post turning 30, also suggests the whole scene benefits from such domestic rivalries and hints regular Irish title fights could reinject serious life into the Irish scene.

“These types of fights will bring the numbers and the attention back to professional boxing in Ireland.
Keep stepping up lads. Well done.”


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years