‘Athy Atom’ Eric Donovan hopes there will be no post-Halloween fright night when he squares off against Csaba ‘the Transylvanian Terror’ Kovacs in his second professional bout on Saturday, November 5 at the National Stadium, Dublin.
Donovan brushed aside the challenge of rugged Polish slugger Damian Lawniczak on his debut in June and now steps up the level of competition against Kovacs from Bilghez in Transilvania on Red Corner Promotions inaugural show dubbed ‘Inception’.
“We’ve been looking for a quick step up in class after my debut and as soon as I heard Kovacs was prepared to come to Ireland to fight me I jumped at the chance. Kovacs has won more than he has lost and is no stranger from fighting in other peoples backyards including enjoying a couple of upset victories in England, so I won’t be taking him lightly”, said the Kildare former Irish amateur star and European medallist.
“I am delighted to get out again before Christmas. I want to get that Irish title as soon as I can and Kovacs is another step up the ladder that I am impatient to climb. There have been rumblings on social media about a potential fight with the winner of Dublin’s Declan Geraghty and James Tennyson who fight each other for the Irish title soon. As soon as I have an 8-round fight then I officially qualify to be able put my name forward for the Irish title, and I will be targeting them then. I haven’t got time to waste so I want that title wrapped around my waist within a year.
“The Irish pro boxing scene is really buzzing at the moment, Andy Lee is hunting another world title shot, Carl Frampton is one of the best in the world and with Paddy Barnes, Mick Conlan and Katie Taylor all turning pro very soon, it is very promising. They can all be big stars in their own right and bring big time boxing back to Ireland. So I want to be well positioned and ready for my chance when it comes,” added ‘Lilywhite Lightning’ Donovan.
“Eric has the talent to go all the way, with the honours he earned as an amateur and his experience in the World Series of Boxing he can be fast tracked to fighting for titles within a year. He doesn’t need the usual bedding in process of fighting knock-overs that other novice professionals would normal need, he can by-pass that and jump up in quality,” said manager Leonard Gunning.
“Most fighters wouldn’t touch a guy like Kovacs in only their second fight but Eric didn’t hesitate when I said Kovacs was up for it. Kovacs recently pulled off a shock win over Iain Butcher, who had an impressive record of 11 wins and only 1 loss, he also beat Ainsley Ratcliffe on his debut in Walsall and then knocked out unbeaten Sheffield fighter Pharys Nassa. So Eric can’t overlook his guy and is going to have to on top form if he wants to get past Kovacs and achieve his goals”, added Gunning.
The ‘Inception’ bill headlines with the Celtic Nations title clash between Dublin middleweight Luke Keeler and former WBO Intercontinental and Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce from Wales. The show also brings together much of Ireland’s rising talent under one roof including Wexford’s unbeaten heavyweight Niall Kennedy, Feargal McCrory, Gerard ‘Crank’ Whitehouse, Ireland’s newest female pro boxer Lynn Harvey and the debut of high rated Ruari Dalton from Belfast.
Tickets for Eric’s debut at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, June 25 range from €40 for a gallery seat and €60 ringside, and are available in Athy from The Healthy Living Centre, 2 Duke Street, Athy, Co. Kildare. Alternatively, call Laura on 0867949406.
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