Thursday 20 September 2018

Donovan hails Lee's coaching in Stadium win

 

Eric Donovan, right, in action against Juan Luis Gonzalez. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Eric Donovan, right, in action against Juan Luis Gonzalez. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Undefeated Eric Donovan racked up his sixth win at Dublin's National Stadium on Saturday night and had an even busier Sunday morning - putting up his Christmas decorations.

The Kildare southpaw dominated Juan Gonzalez in a shut out 80-72 decision in a bout which was not for Donovan's Celtic title after the game but mostly outclassed Spaniard feather failed to make weight.

Donovan, who had ex-WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee working his corner, insists that Gonzalez's weight issues didn't take the edge off the eight-rounder.

"I was still 100pc focused on putting on a good display. I had no intentions of relinquishing the title either way, whether he was eligible for it or not," he said.

"It was still a very important fight. We've made a couple offers to featherweights in the country to box me for the Irish title but they've all turned it down.

"So, I can't box nobody to win the title. My plan is to get another two fights early next year and then I can be officially ranked by the European body.

"It was his (Andy Lee) pro debut as a coach as well. He was fully committed and fully involved in the training camp and has highlighted a lot or me. Every session with Andy is very educating. I enjoyed last night and I'm enjoying the day off. I'll put up the Christmas today with my girlfriend and my two sons. Merry Christmas."

Meanwhile, Jay Byrne stopped Ger Whitehouse at the Stadium to claim the Celtic welter belt.

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