Top of the World- Homeward-bound Paddy Donovan makes BIG prediction
A self-assured Paddy Donovan [9(6)-0] is happy to go home before climbing to the top of the world.
Donovan returns to Dublin and the National Stadium this weekend claiming he will get the win that kickstarts a journey toward a 2024 WORLD title shot.
A hand injury saw the Top Rank prospect lose a bit of momentum over the last two years, prompting some to suggest he may have some catching up to do as a result.
The Limerick southpaw wouldn’t agree, Donovan argues he is a unique talent who isn’t too far off the best there is to offer in and around his weight – and he believes he could prove as much before the calendar year ends.
The Andy Lee-trained talent is confident a busy and progressive 2023 will leave him on the verge of a world title tilt in 2024.
“I want to have a busy year this year,” He tells Irish-boxing.com “Fight this weekend, fight in May, get out twice in the summer and have another one before the year ends. That would leave me looking for a world title by the start of next year. That’s the target Why not? I’m good enough I can hold my own with any fighter in the world, it’s just about getting the rounds in first.”
Paddy Donovan finishes Jose Luis Castillo with a vicious body shot just over a minute into the fight #boxing #ConlanDoheny pic.twitter.com/G6Ago31pDu— Will (@ChillemDafoe) August 6, 2021
There are many out there who will happily tell you just how talented the former underage amateur standout is, including the fighter himself.
“I know how good I am. I know how talented I am. I’ve seen all the talented fighters in the world, I’ve seen the best on the planet and I don’t see myself far off any of them. I know I’m extremely talented and I have the best backing in Top Rank so why not.”
Donovan returns to the venue where he gained his reputation as one worth looking out for on Saturday.
‘The Real Deal’ steps through the ropes at the famous National Stadium and into a ring he enjoyed some massive successes in.
He is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with South Circular squared circle where he won 13 Irish titles and showing a new breed of fan what the hype is about.
“It’s the place where I established my name. I had a very successful amateur career with a lot of wins there and it’s great to be back.
I am very proud to fight there and be part of the history of such a venue.
“I’m excited to go back and to go 10-0.”