Boxing News and Views spoke to Ireland’s Eric Donovan who headlines this weekend’s pro boxing card in Dublin, Ireland ‘Celtic Clash 3’.
Eric Donovan is a 32 year old unbeaten featherweight from Ireland who also commentates for an Irish TV channel in between his fights.
So far he has racked up four impressive wins since turning pro (4-0-3KO) back in June of 2016.
This Saturday night at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, he headlines a bumper card of young and exciting talent from top to bottom.
We caught up with Eric briefly out of his hectic schedule ahead of fight night tho told us the following.
What do you know about your upcoming opponent on September 9th Dai Davies and are you expecting a particular type of fight from him?
“I know a bit about Dai Davies, we were both amateur at the same time but I was a different weight category.
He’s a very solid pro with a wealth of experience so he trumps me in that area.”
Any prediction for fans who might be heading along on the night?
“I expect a tough fight and I’ve prepared for a tough fight. I’m confident of winning as I always am, that’s the main goal to get the win. However, if there is an opportunity to get an early finish then I’m prepared to take that too.”
A quick one away from your fight for a moment. As you know, Mayweather vs McGregor mania is everywhere at the moment. Do you think it is good or bad for boxing overall or do you have any opinion on it one way or another?
“Actually initially I thought it wouldn’t do much good for boxing, but to hear the amount of people speaking about boxing and MMA over the last few weeks can only enhance the sport. By the way I don’t want to see any more crossover matches, there not competitive just spectacles for the casuals.”
Outside your fighting you are occasionally an analyst for Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE. As you know, there has not been much televised pro boxing shown in Ireland in recent years – how far do you think boxing is away from getting back on RTE? Do you think it is a lack of a headliner to sell out a major venue? Could Katie Taylor possibly change things in this regard – now that she’s turned pro?
“I love being a boxing analyst with RTE and I hope one day they can come back to boxing, but the demand has to be there from the public. I presume if we keep getting regular shows like Celtic Clash 3 and develop our boxers into international contenders then that could be the calling card.
We have some national superstars in the sport already so I would imagine if they were to come home and fight for big titles we could definitely see RTE back on board.”
– Tickets for Saturday night’s card are available on Ticketmaster.ie