Kildare fighter Eric Donovan has raised the prospect of an all-Lilywhite Irish title fight after he recorded his fourth successive victory since returning to the ring as a professional in 2016, putting him in prime position for a shot at an Irish belt.
The Kilcullen featherweight stopped Hungarian Laszlo Horvath in the fourth round of their clash in the National Stadium in Dublin last night, throwing further weight behind his bid to climb through the professional ranks in quick time.
Newbridge boxer Allan Phelan also enjoyed victory at the same event last night, fending off the challenge of Polish fighter Dawid Knade, and Donovan's promoter, Leonard Gunning, said that his team are set on having an Irish title fight this September.
“We want an Irish title fight next. There will be an offer made within two weeks. I will step away close my eyes and recharge my batteries, then there will be an Irish title fight offer made for September 9,” Gunning explained.
“There are a couple of Irish guys that qualify at the moment, there is one fight that is obvious, a Kildare clash. A fight between two really good guys that had two really good wins tonight. That tees up a big Irish title fight and an all Kildare clash. That was purposely an eight round fight to qualify him for the title, we want to get straight into it.
“He is off Monday to London to spar Ryan Burnett and help prepare him for his World title. If he is mixing with a guy and more than holding his own again against a guy preparing for a World title then he is ready for a step up to at least an Irish title.”
Donovan mentioned Pheland after the fight too, and further outlined his hopes to have a shot at a national title.
“I want the Irish title. It’s nothing personal with any fighter I just want the belt. I am not sure what featherweights there are out there, obviously there is Alan Phelan, but I am willing to fight whoever.
“The Irish title gives you a European ranking and winning the European title is my dream.
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