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Declan discusses his methods with world champion boxer Errol Spence Junior.

Declan discusses his methods with world champion boxer Errol Spence Junior.

From left: John Huck, Brian Bird, UFC Featherweight Contender Hakeem Dawodu, Declan Walsh, Tim Simpson.

From left: John Huck, Brian Bird, UFC Featherweight Contender Hakeem Dawodu, Declan Walsh, Tim Simpson.

Declan also trains his girlfriend Bree Howling.

Declan also trains his girlfriend Bree Howling.

Declan Walsh.

Declan Walsh.

Bree and Declan during their visit to Texas.

Bree and Declan during their visit to Texas.

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Declan discusses his methods with world champion boxer Errol Spence Junior.

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In April of this year Errol Spence Junior, one of the finest boxers on the planet, will meet Yordenis Ugas in a world title fight, a bout which will see the winner move a step towards unifying the welterweight division. A venue for this mega-fight has yet to be confirmed but it is likely to take place in Spence Junior’s home state of Texas, in the AT&T Stadium, Arlington, where the Dallas Cowboys play. Regardless of where it happens, it will be a sell-out, a pay-per-view event, with fight fans desperate to see the latest chapter in the career of an unbeaten champion with a knockout ratio of 78 per cent.

And when the 31-year-old enters the ring and stares Ugas down he will be flanked by a new addition to his team, a new coach, a young man from Enniscorthy who has made it to the very top of his own profession less than a decade after bidding goodbye to his family and moving to the other side of the world. 


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