Saturday 24 February 2018

Donovan's clean work impresses in landing title

The Kildare southpaw beat Wales’ Dai Davies over eight rounds. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
The Kildare southpaw beat Wales’ Dai Davies over eight rounds. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Undefeated Eric Donovan clocked up his fifth pro win on his way to claiming the Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI) Celtic featherweight title at Dublin's National Stadium on Saturday night, writes Bernard O'Neill.

The Kildare southpaw beat Wales' Dai Davies over eight rounds, with referee, Emile Tiedt - son of Fred Tiedt, who won welter silver for Ireland at the 1956 Olympics - awarding him all eight frames in an 80-72 verdict.

Donovan, a multiple Irish Elite champion and European bronze medallist in the amateur code, and the Welsh title-holder met on the night's main event at the home of Irish boxing.

A veteran of 42 outings, Davies certainly came to fight, but it was Donovan's cleaner work that impressed, although the Irishman picked up a cut near his right eye in the third.

Donovan impressed going down the final stretch, detonating head and body shots. The ex St Michael's Athy BC man is now in contention for an Irish title shot, according to BUI president, Mel Christle, who hailed the Regan Buckley versus Carl McDonald clash, which Buckley won on points.

"It was an absolute cracker," said Christle.

Eight debutants also won on Saturday's Celtic 3 card, with Colin O'Donovan, Chris Mulally, Dylan McDonagh, Aiden Metcalfe, Niall O'Connor, Mike Gallagher, James Cahill and Martin Quinn all winning.

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