The Jobstown bantamweight fights on the Ireland’s Last Man Standing card at the National Stadium on Saturday night as his pro apprenticeship draws to a close.
McDonagh fights Slovakian Leonard Rafael [2(1)-12(6)] in a four-rounder on the card and, at the undercard press conference, fights with both Michael Gomez Jr and Regan Buckley were both mooted by Red Corner Promotions boss Jonathan Graham.
However, McDonagh’s managerial stablemate under Boxing Ireland Promotions, Carl McDonald [2(0)-1(0)] is keen for a local derby and a rematch of an amateur fight that didn’t get the attention it deserved.
It is by no means a trash-talking ‘call-out’ from ‘The Cobra’ McDonald, who fights on the ‘Celtic Clash 5’ bill at Good Counsel GAA club on March 24th. Instead, he just wants a good aul tear-up with a local rival.
Super bantamweight McDonald explained how “there’s no needle, Dylan’s a nice fella, I like Dylan – but it would make a great fight for Jobstown, that’s one thing that’s for sure, a Jobstown derby.”
“Growing up, we had two Jobstown clubs, you had Golden Cobra and you had Westside, I’m from one and he’s the other.”
The fighter, who has all-Ireland previous having fought Buckley last September, believes McDonagh would also be up for a fight.
McDonald noted how “we got it in the all-Ireland Intermediates – me and Dylan fought in the amateurs – but the unfortunate thing was that it was the quarter finals and it should have been the final. It was a great fight.”
“I’m sure, down the line, it’s a fight that both me and Dylan would be interested in – for the area. There’d be a great buzz in Jobstown for that fight.”
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