Friday 22 February 2019

Colin has his eyes on another crown

O'Donovan ready for tilt at McDonald after two massive battles with McAfee

TIGHT SPOT: Colin O’Donovan (left) in action against Stephen McAfee at the National Stadium last December. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
TIGHT SPOT: Colin O’Donovan (left) in action against Stephen McAfee at the National Stadium last December. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

He's been involved in two 'Fight of the Year' dust-ups with Stephen McAfee, drawing one and coming off worst in a split decision for the BUI super-featherweight title, now Colin O'Donovan is eyeing another strap on June 16.

O'Donovan will step through the ropes on Boxing Ireland Promotions' Celtic Clash 6, headlining the show in an eight-round fight against Tallaght's Carl McDonald, with the vacant BUI super-bantamweight title up for grabs.

After being involved in what can only be described as two wars, Corkman O'Donovan has changed things up and is looking forward to putting on a different kind of show for his travelling support next month.

His profile raised after the two McAfee contests, O'Donovan feels he is on the path towards an Irish title, with plenty of work being put in with new coach, Legacy BC's Lee Kearns.

"A lot of people travel up to watch me fight, pay a lot of money between tickets and travel and food etc, so I'm happy to be involved in these domestic fights.

"Obviously the two fights got a lot of attention and I want to make it worth the money for people.

"Now I really feel I'm on the right track and I'm hoping that after I beat Carl I can move onto an Irish title," O'Donovan told the Herald.

"I've been through a six-round war and an eight-round war so I know what to expect.

"But now I've got a real boxing coach now and a club and I'm in there every other day of the week so my game is really improving.

"I'm hoping to show a lot more this time, more head control, keep the pressure on him and get inside, instead of just banging. And ultimately, win by knockout."

Going hard

Having had the experience of going hard at it from the opening bell, O'Donovan feels that he has an advantage over McDonald, and will aim to set a searing pace for the Dubliner.

"I'll be going at him hard early, and if he gets through four rounds with me then fair play to him," added O'Donovan.

"If he gets through six then I'll apply more and more pressure until the end of the eighth round, and we'll see who comes out on top.

"It will be a hard slog for him, an uphill struggle, but I'm hearing he's really training hard and has great coaches, in fairness to them, so he'll be prepared. I've sparred with him and I know what he can do so it's going to be a good fight."

It will be something of a make-or-break for both fighters, with the winner likely to go in search of an Irish championship and the loser back near square one, having already tasted high-profile domestic defeats.

"I'm under no illusions as to the size of this fight and I'm coming to win. For both of us we have everything to gain by winning it.

"At the same time though, we both have everything to lose too but that's not in my mind.

" I know, from my last two fights, that I can go the distance with a man two weights heavier than me, that will stand to me.

"I've always told Leonard Gunning and Stephen Sharpe (from promoters Boxing Ireland) that I'd fight at any weight - and I have - but this is my optimum and I've no doubt I'll take that belt."

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