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Southside boxers star in major clash

Friday, 1st December, 2017 1:00pm
Southside boxers star in major clash

Ballybrack’s Niall O’Connor in action

Southside boxers star in major clash

Ballybrack’s Niall O’Connor in action

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AFTER a stand-out win on his debut in September, exciting Ballybrack light welterweight, Niall O'Connor, will return to the ring for fight number two on Saturday, December 2.

Following a points win over Pal Olah on the 'Celtic Clash 3' card at the National Stadium, the 22-year-old will return to the same venue as he looks to start building momentum in his promising pro career.

O'Connor features on the 'Celtic Clash 4' bill on the South Circular Road with former top amateur and RTÉ pundit Eric Donovan headlining in a defence of his BUI Celtic featherweight title against Juancho Gonzalez.

There will also be a Dublin grudge match between O'Connor's sparring partner Crank Whitehouse and Jay Byrne, who sparred Conor McGregor ahead of the Floyd Mayweather fight in August, for the BUI Celtic welterweight belt.

O'Connor impressed in September with a stylish win in which he landed plenty of heavy shots on his Polish opponent. The Tony Davitt-managed boxer believes there is plenty of room for improvement.

A man with high standards, he rather harshly reflects how: "I wanted the stoppage to be honest. I wanted to stand out. In the first round the plan was to stay on the jab and keep composed, but I was landed the jab easy so I started to throw more shots.

“He was tough enough, but he didn’t throw much so I would have loved to get the stoppage. When you’re in the dressing room after you do think the four rounds probably will stand to you, but I wanted to stand out with the stoppage. I got good feedback though.”

Also taking to the ring on Saturday is Jobstown bantamweight Dylan McDonagh who is hoping to round off a roller-coaster year and set up a massive 2018.

‘The Firecracker' impressed on his professional debut back in September on the big 'Celtic Clash 3' card at the National Stadium, dominating against Georgi Andonov, and is also returning to the same venue for fight number two.

McDonagh had been due to debut in April, but saw that show cancelled just days beforehand. He then faced a frustrating wait until September and, by the time he made it to the ring, the pressure and tension had escalated.

The 32-year-old is hoping for an improved performance on Celtic Clash 4 and describes how "camp is going great”.

“It's going a little bit better than the last time,” he declared. “I'm doing a lot of strength and conditioning, building up the power. My fitness is through the roof, I could go six or eight rounds no problem. I know my fitness will always be there, I always train hard. It's about slowing it down, picking the shots, standing out and getting a good performance."

 Celtic Clash 4 also features Bernard Roe, John Joyce, Graham O'Shea McCormack, Colin O’Donovan, Vladimir Belujsky, James Cahill, Regan Buckley, Stephen McAfee, Martin Quinn, Thomas Finnegan, and Niall O’Connor.

Tickets for the show cost €30 (balcony), €40 (gallery), €60 (ringside), €100 (VIP Premium), and €15 (Under-15s gallery – must be bought alongside an adult ticket) and are available to buy from Dylan by calling 0857721209 or online at


‘Firecracker’ McDonagh

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