Tallaght fighter Carl McDonald is determined to honour his biggest fan this Saturday night at the National Stadium where he will look to secure his second win as a professional on the Celtic Clash 2, fight night.
Just last week heartbreak struck the McDonald family following the unexpected death of 42 year old Christy McDonald.
The news came as a heavy blow to the Tallaght Super Bantamweight, who for many years has had his uncle and Godfather Christy cheering him on from ringside.
“Christy was at my very first fight in the National Stadium when I was just 12 years old, he was present at most of my fights as I was growing up. He couldn’t make it to my professional debut in Belfast but he was planning on coming to see me in the Stadium on Saturday, but that’s not going to happen now”.
Nearing the end of what the Jobstown favourite has described as his “best training camp ever”, McDonald believes he is primed and ready to step through the ropes on Saturday night and honour “his biggest fan”.
“I am going to represent him in the ring on Saturday night, I’m going to fight for him, he will be on my mind all the time. It is going to be a special night for me and my family, for all of us and I’m going to honour him, he was my biggest fan. He was my Godfather as well, we had that bond. What can ye do, we will fight for him, it will be extra special, we will get the win for him” stated the Tallaght fighter.
With his professional career getting off to a perfect start in Belfast last October, McDonald gets his first opportunity to punch for pay in his hometown. A regular visitor to the National Stadium, where he won a national intermediate title back in 2015, McDonald will look to impress fight fans with his fast hands and silky skills.
Also, featuring on the Celtic Clash 2 event, which will present the biggest fight card in Irish boxing history is another Tallaght favourite Sean Creagh.
The immensely popular Killinarden boxer will hope that an impressive win on Saturday night can open the door to a domestic title within the coming months.
Following McDonald and Creagh into the professional ranks is Kilnamanagh youngster Liam Gaynor, who makes his debut on the bumper bill. Another star with Tallaght connections featuring on the card is the Eddie Hyland trained Lynn Harvey, who is one of only three women who represent Ireland within the professional arena.
An incredible seventeen fights will be contested on the night, with big names such as former amateur star Eric Donovan and former world title challenger Mike Perez taking centre stage.
The other eleven fighters completing the line-up are Gerard Whitehouse, Stephen Carroll, Vladimir Belujsky, Regan Buckley, Keane McMahon, Jay Byrne, Allan Phelan, John Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, Rohan Date and John Joyce.
Celtic Clash 2 takes place this Saturday the 27th of May at the National Stadium, with the first bell to sound at 4.30pm.
For tickets contact Stephen Sharpe on 0852483929 or email [email protected].