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Third professional contest for ‘Real Deal’ Donovan

ENNIS welterweight Paddy Donovan has his third professional fight this Friday night in the UK, while he has been installed on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s next fight in New York on St Patrick’s Day. On Friday, he will face Nicaraguan Oscar Amador in Bolton and it should be a relatively easy night’s work for Donovan. The 20-year-old welterweight is trained by former world champion Andy Lee, who acknowledged that Amador is really a journeyman fighter. “He is, yeah, but he has been in with some very good fighters, world-class fighters. This is where Paddy’s at in his career, picking up experience. Right before Christmas, we wanted a fight where he will learn a bit more.” A hugely successful amateur, Lee says that keeping his focus outside of the ring is probably the biggest challenge his protege has had to deal with since turning professional. “The lifestyle, I think, is the biggest adjustment for Paddy; it is something he is …

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Ennis fighter turns pro with Top Rank and will be trained by Andy Lee

ENNIS welterweight Paddy Donovan has signed a deal to turn professional with US promoters Top Rank, while former World Champion Andy Lee will train and manage the 20 year old. From Clancy Park and a former student of Ennis CBS, Donovan has won 13 Irish titles and is a former junior world silver medallist. On Thursday afternoon Lee said he has everything it takes to win a professional world title. “He was a very successful amateur, he won everything there is to win, only five defeats in 166 fights. When you watch him box he is very exciting. He has all the ingredients to be a world champion as a professional boxer. You can see his style, how he fights, also his attitude. Having got to know him over the last three or four months, he has the right character and the personality to make it and go all the way.”     Top Rank have been involved with a …

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Hero’s welcome for Andy Lee

Newly crowned WBO champion, Andy Lee was given a hero’s welcome when he flew into Shannon Airport this afternoon (Wednesday) for the beginning of a very special homecoming, following his title win in Las Vegas. Andy beat the previously undefeated Russian Matt Korobov in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Following his media interviews and photocalls, Andy had time out with family and close friends before bracing himself for a massive reception in Limerick tonight. Minister for Sport, Michael Ring wished Andy Lee well on winning the WBO middleweight title. “It is brilliant for Andy and his family, and I am delighted that Limerick County Council have arranged this reception. For a world champion to be greeted by his home town in such a way can only inspire more people to get involved. Andy has worked unbelievably hard to get to this point of his career and I am sure he will enjoy sharing the celebrations with the people of Limerick, …

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