Underage sensation Edward Donovan handed dream pro debut

Former Irish underage standout Edward Donovan has been given the chance to make a brilliant first pro boxing impression.

The Limerick teen has been afforded a debut platform usually reserved for Olympic medalists.

Donovan will punch for pay for the first time on a Frank Warren Summer Series card and as a result will be guaranteed prime time television for his debut.

The European Junior gold medal winner has yet to be handed a specific date, but he has agreed to fight on one of the BT Sports studio hosted cards.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com the talented 18-year-old confirmed – “I will be fighting on Franks Bt Sport shows, we’ve already had discussed it and agreed.”

The television element just makes what should already be an exciting moment even more so, as the OLOL graduate explains: “It’s always a dream to fight on live television and now that my opportunity is coming so soon I feel anxious to get started.”

The talk in relation to the behind closed doors cards run by Matchroom and Queensbury has revolved around 50-50 clashes.

Without a crowd to add value to the tv broadcast the promoters are under pressure to put on close entertaining fights.

A debutant, particularly a teen one, should have a learning rather than testing pro bow – and it’s more likely Paddy Donovan’s younger brother will face journey man opposition.

However, if he is required to step up early, Donovan, whose brother in law Jason Harty also recently signed for Warren, has no qualms about doing so.

“I’m happy on my debut to fight any fighter that my manager wants me to get in the ring with. No matter who it is, on that day, after a 6 week training camp I will be in top shape and prepared for anyone,” he adds before explaining he put lockdown into good use.

“It was a bit frustrating, but on the bright side I got more time to train at home to work on developing more into a pro style.”

BT Sports are said to be broadcasting five, five fight cards over the summer, starting on July 10.

Donovan will be on one of those cards as will Anthony Cacace, defending his British title against Leon Woodstock.

Irish-boxing. com believe Caoimhin Agyarko will also appear in a step up clash. It will be interesting to see if Jason Harty also makes his debut on the series, if Warren takes up the Jono Carroll Maxi Hughes fight and if John Joyce fights for a third time as a pro over the summer.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com