Limerick boxing star Paddy Donovan returns to the ring in OVO Hydro in Glasgow this weekend to face Miroslav Serban.
Donovan is currently 7-0 in the professional ranks, and this marks an early milestone in his fledgling career. The south paw is will be live on Sky Sports for the first time in his career this Saturday evening as he looks to continue his form in the welterweight division.
“The Real Deal” is on the undercard of Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall with Taylor defending his undisputed super-lightweight championship in his home country.
Speaking exclusively with Sporting Limerick earlier this month, Donovan said,
“It’s a massive step-up in my career. The biggest tournament to date- Josh Taylor’s undercard, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m training really well at the moment and sparing well, so I’m looking forward to it. It will be live on Sky Sports and (I can) showcase my skill to the world.”
Speaking at that time, his opponent was unknown, but it was since confirmed that he put his unbeaten record on the line against Czech Republic’s Serban. Donovan is coached by legendary Limerick fighter, Andy Lee.
“Obviously Andy is a big part of my career right now, and he’s the main man. Him and my dad have plans to go all the way together. Andy is training me well, he is looking after me and is happy with how things are going. We are going to do it again on the 26th.”
Donovan hasn’t been seen in competitive action since he knocked out Jose Luis Castillo in just 80 seconds last August. That fight took place Belfast.
Miroslav Serban record is 13-8-0, with seven of his victories coming via knockout. His most recent bout was a December loss to Elliot Whale, on points. “The Lumberjack”, is firmly the underdog against the Limerick fighter.
Donovan also spoke of his friendship with the late Kevin Sheedy, who had targeted the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“He’s a big part of my journey – we feel his presence every time we get in the ring. His death has brought a big bond to this city and the professional fighters are a close-nit community right now. So we are dedicating all these big shows and tournaments to him.”
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm and Sky Sports Main event from 8pm, this Saturday February 26th.
Watch Donovan ahead of the fight below!