Irish boxer Eric Donovan is being tipped for big things after turning professional earlier this year and has his eyes firmly set on the prize as he gears up for his second pro fight on November 5th.
We had the chance to catch up with the exciting super-featherweight this week to touch base on all things his fight career.
Eric comes from a stellar amateur pedigree in his home country of Ireland having been a 5-time Irish Elite amateur champion and speaking on the change from the amateur to the pro ranks this year he told us:
“I found the transition quite smooth, it’s still early stages. However it was good to train just for one opponent as apposed to a tournament like the amateurs where you could have 3/4 fights in a matter of days.”
Indeed, judging by the County Kildare native’s pro debut last June against Polish pugilist Damian Lawniczak this proved to be the case as Donovan ran out comfortable winner on points.
His next fight this coming weekend is against Romanian Csaba Kovacs at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland and we wanted to know how he’s approaching the contest.
“My prediction first and foremost is a win, but I’m really hungry for the KO this time and I’m going to try and make it happen.”
Eric’s pro career is being currently guided in the safe hands of Irish manager and County Sligo native Leonard Gunning, as the duo look to plot a course of success over the coming months and years.
Touching on where exactly he wants to be this time next year Eric said:
“I’d like to be Irish Champion in 12 months time and to be knocking on the door for a European title shot soon after!”
Irish boxing seems to be going through an exciting time in general at the moment with the recent news that Ireland’s Golden girl Katie Taylor signed a deal with Matchroom Sport in the UK that will see her compete on TV broadcaster Sky Sports.
The buzz in Irish boxing is something Eric is excited to be a part of:
“Yes we’ve got my former team mate Frampton who is just phenomenal and continuing to cement his legacy on the sport, my good friend Andy Lee back in contention for a world title shot. The world class group of Conlan, Barnes & Taylor who’ve just turned over can only enhance and catapult this sport on the Irish shores, it’s without doubt exciting times for sure I’m just glad to be a part of it and I’d love to fight on the undercard of any of the above names for a major title one day, and maybe topping my own card would be a dream come true.”
As our chat wrapped up with 31 year old ‘Lilywhite Lightning’ Eric concluded:
“I want to thank my coach Dominic O’Rourke for all his help, and to all the fans from Athy, Kildare and Ireland who’ve been supporting me and buying tickets. I promise you, this is no flash in the pan. I mean business!”
(Photo credit: Ricardo Guglieminotti)