McDonagh will be looking to achieve just his first win of 2017, after the Mullingar southpaw faced time out due to injury.
2016 was an emphatic year for McDonagh, who is the brother of Paddy McDonagh who recently reclaimed the Irish title having defeated Stevie Collins Jr. JJ McDonagh got his hands on his own Irish title back in April 2016 before he went on to defeat Jake Ball, one of the hottest prospects in The Matchroom stable. A 10/1 outsider, McDonagh dismantled Ball inside one round, as he staked a claim for ‘KO of The Year’.
Over the past few months McDonagh has stepped up training and sparring immensely. McDonagh was over in Ukraine for a forth night sparring Max Bursak ahead of his World Title challenge. Only last month, McDonagh competed with Chris Eubank Jr ahead of his first defence of his IBO World Title fight.
A natural super-middleweight, McDonagh has been quick to state that he is comfortable fighting anyone in the middle, super-middle or light-heavyweight division.
‘‘I can fight anyone from middleweight to light-heavyweight. Obviously the Jake Ball fight will always be there, but ideally I want to campaign at middleweight or super-middleweight’’.
Also on the bill will be Jake Best, another member of the ever growing Assassin Boxing stable. Along with Best, Dove Box Promotions present a flood of talented boxers, including Dominic Akinlade.
Kaz Evans, founder of Assassin Promotions: “York Hall is an iconic venue, and one that is steeped in history. JJ needs to get active, and now that he is back fully fit, we must build on his recent success. The sky’s the limit for JJ McDonagh.”