Tallaght fighter Carl McDonald is relishing the challenge of boxing another Irish pro, Regan Buckley, at Celtic Clash 3 on September 9th at the National Stadium.
The card will be headlined by former amateur star Eric Donovan, who faces Welsh champion Dai Davies for the BUI Celtic featherweight title, but much of the attention has been focused on the McDonald-Buckley match-up which promises to be an interesting affair between the two Irishmen.
McDonald, 28, only turned pro last year and has hard two fights in his professional career while 20-year-old Buckley has only had one pro fight, however, both men believe the contest will increase their profile domestically.
The Jobstown man said: “I know I can’t just turn up and win. I’ll have to work for the win and when I will it will feel all the better as a result. They [Team Buckley] asked me to fight and I didn’t have to think twice about it.”
“It’s a no brainer, I can’t wait for it, training’s going great. we’re training here, preparing to do damage. I’ve noticed a lot of people are interested in this fight and I’m glad because these are the fights we need to be taking to be putting bums on seats.”
Stephen Sharpe of Boxing Ireland Promotions, the company behind the September 9th event, believes both boxers are making a “brave” decision to face each other.
He said: “In a division where there is very little domestic competition and a scarcity of opponents across Europe at that weight, both lads have taken the brave decision of facing each other at this time in their careers. This is a win-win for both lads who regardless of the result can increase their profile while progressing to contend for domestic title in the near future.”
McDonald, who has trained with Golden Cobra and the N7 Boxing Academy and worked with the Hyland brothers, describes himself as an “attacking fighter” and believes that his style is well suited to the pros.
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