Firecracker McDonagh set to explode at Clash

by Gazette Reporter

JOBSTOWN bantamweight Dylan McDonagh will return to the ring on Saturday December 2 in Dublin looking to round off a roller-coaster year and set up a massive 2018.
The Firecracker impressed on his professional debut back in September at the National Stadium, dominating against Georgi Andonov, and will return to the same venue for fight number two.
McDonagh features on the Celtic Clash 4 bill on the South Circular Road with former top amateur and RTE pundit Eric Donovan headlining in a defence of his BUI Celtic featherweight title against Juancho Gonzalez, while there is also Dublin grudge match between Jay Byrne and Crank Whitehouse for the BUI Celtic welterweight belt.
McDonagh had been due to debut in April, but saw that show cancelled just days beforehand.
He then faced a frustrating wait until September and, by the time he made it to the ring, the pressure and tension had escalated. The Westside fighter recalls how “I felt like there was so much pressure so just to get that out of the way, what with the last show being cancelled.
“I was doing it for my Mam, she passed a couple of years ago and is an inspiration for everything. She always told me not to give it up. She was always my main driving force to do. It was like a world title for me.
“There was so much pressure and I was always telling myself ‘it’s not about the performance, it’s just about getting the win.’ Now I’m going to enjoy myself and show what I’m made of.”
The 32-year-old is hoping for an improved performance on Celtic Clash 4 and describes how “camp is going great. It’s going a little bit better than the last time. I’m doing a lot of strength and conditioning, building up the power.
“My fitness is through the roof, I could go six or eight rounds no problem. I know my fitness will always be there, I always train hard. It’s about slowing it down, picking the shots, standing out and getting a good performance.
“I know, and I’ve been told a million times, I hit seriously hard for a bantamweight,” explained the Tallaght fighter. “Even in sparring, sparring boys through the years, I’ve been told.
“I’m in Ironhouse Gym in Clondalkin and they have me in serious shape, the difference from the last show to this show will be unbelievable.
“It’s about now sitting down on the shots and picking the right shots. I sometimes get drawn into a war, I like that. You have to try steal the show, you want people to start talking about you.”
While the lower weights are sparsely populated in Ireland, there is a growing scene for the small men.
Down the road in Bray, youngster Regan Buckley has been attracting lots of plaudits, while closer to home McDonagh has unfinished business with another Jobstown fighter in Carl McDonald.
Tickets for the show cost €30 (Balcony), €40 (Gallery), €60 (Ringside), €100 (VIP Premium), and €15 (Under-15s gallery – must be bought alongside an adult ticket) and are available to buy from McDonagh by calling 085 772 1209 or online at

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