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Friday 9 December 2016

Donovan to deliver

RTé analyst Eric is primed for his pro debut in Stadium

Eric Donovan
Eric Donovan

The 2013 National Elite finals were held under the IABA banner "The Road to Rio Starts Here".

In a lightweight division packed with talent, Eric Donovan lost his 60kg semi-finals.

"As an amateur, it's the winner who's kept busy with international tournaments," explains Donovan.

"It's hard to keep motivated until the following year's finals."

Today, Donovan, a five-times National Elite champion with an array of international medals, including Four Nations gold, European Union bronze and bronze from the European Championships, is now known as a personable and insightful analyst on radio and TV.

As he studied many of the professional boxers he'd met in international competition, he became increasingly impatient. "I realised I still had a lot to offer," he says. "I needed a new challenge. Since I decided to join the professional ranks I've had a huge positive response from the public."

Training with Dominick O'Rourke, the man who guided him to his national titles, Donovan is buzzing.

"When I wake up, I want to start training," he enthuses. "I know that I haven't fulfilled my potential. I want to show my best."

Donovan who makes his pro debut on Frank Stacey-Ricky Hatton event at the National Stadium on June 25, hasn't signed a management deal yet.

"I know this game," he says. "I'm interested in hearing what promoters have to say and finding one who shares my ambition and has the right infrastructure in place.

"I have no fear," he adds. "I just want to express myself in the ring and create memorable nights."

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