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‘The Real Deal’ Donovan tipped for MSG show

Limerick trained boxing prospect Paddy ‘The Real Deal’ Donovan scored the second win of his professional career in Glasgow on Saturday night.

The 20-year- old who for many years trained out of Our Lady of Lourdes Boxing club, opened the first round patiently with his rangy jab before offloading menacing body shots and stiff uppercuts forcing his opponent to cover up and retreat.

Shortly into the second round Donovan caught Mendoza with a sharp left hand causing his opponent to take a standing count from the referee. The Irishman continued the round picking his punches consistently and looking sharp.

Donovan kept his cool through rounds 3 and 4, showcasing his boxing skills and clever footwork to control the pace of the fight and in spots showing moments of brilliance.

In Round 5, the Top Rank Irish fighter was offensive scoring solid combinations and also using his ring craft to outwit Mendoza.

Donovan launched a series of controlled attacks during Round 6 with accuracy going to the body and head of Mendoza.

At ringside Donovan commented:

“I enjoyed the fight, I rarely got hit. My opponent was tough and took some good punches from me. It was good to get 6 rounds of boxing under my belt. I was very happy with performance.”

Andy Lee former World WBO Middleweight Champion, Donovan’s trainer was very happy with his young fighter’s performance:

“Paddy boxed really well, he was patient and measured in there. It is all experience and this will stand by him as we go forward.”

The Ennis man is tipped to feature next on St Patrick’s Day in March 2020 at Madison Square Garden New York, on the undercard of Irish Featherweight star Michael Conlan.

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