Amidst all the action, drama, excitement, and controversy of Celtic Clash 7 last night there was also the official announcement of THREE new Irish pros.
Cavan light middle Dominic Donegan, Tipperary super middle Paddy Clavin, and Cork super fly Owen McDonagh were all introduced to the crowd at the Good Counsel GAA Club, entering the ring where they were joined by fellow upcoming debutants in Kerry light heavy Kevin Cronin and Belfast feather Jamie Douglas.
All five are signed to Boxing Ireland Promotions with Donegan and Clavin putting pen to paper officially with manager Stephen Sharpe last night. Donegan signed his deal early this month but was revealed to be making the move last night, while Cronin and Douglas were announced last month.
24-year-old Donegan is an Irish Army champion and the Drumgoon man also won the Ulster Intermediate title last year.
He said that “this is now a new chapter in my life and I am going to make it an exciting one.”
29-year-old Clavin is a well-travelled and experienced fighter, with the Templemore man having previously operated at higher weights.
He said that turning pro was “something I always wanted to do and I’m not getting any younger! I think I’d regret it one day if I didn’t have a crack.”
18-year-old McDonagh was a top amateur, representing Ireland internationally as recently as this summer.
The Leeside Lough graduate said that “it’s a dream come true. A lot of work went on behind the scenes the last few months.”
The trio will most likely debut on ‘Celtic Clash 8’ early next year along with Cronin while Douglas may feature on a show in Belfast.