Geller preparing McDonagh for Gomez

19.01.06 - Peter McDonagh is leaving no stone unturned in preparations for his Irish title fight with Michael Gomez in Dublin on January 28th. The Galway man has turned to world famous paranormalist Uri Geller for assistance as he bids to score the win of his career against Gomez.. A chance meeting between the two men on a flight to London has led to Gellerís involvement throughout McDonaghís preparations and he will accompany McDonagh to Dublin for the fight.

"Peter approached me on the flight and we had a good conversation," explained Geller. "He is a very interesting and talented young man and he told me all about his fight with Gomez."

"I explained to him how I had helped Muhammad Ali decades ago and told him I could help do the same for him. What I do is to help motivate and inspire people like Peter and give them the self belief they need."

"Itís all about mental attitude. I told Peter that I believe in him but he also has to believe in himself."

"After our conversation I became involved with Peterís training for this fight. I have brainstormed with him and he is very open minded. He believes in positive thinking and has been able to absorb things very quickly."

Geller has been focusing on helping McDonagh achieve what he calls his "human potential".

"Itís all about developing the energy of the mind and getting Peter to realise his human potential. Thatís what I help people to do."

Gellerís work will undoubtedly draw comparisons with Steve Collins use of a hypnotist prior to his upset win over Chris Eubank in 1995 but Geller rejects that.

"What I am doing with Peter is far more powerful than hypnosis. Itís about getting Peter to become completely positive so that he knows itís a case of when instead of if he wins this fight."

"Many athletes use hypnotherapy and sport psychologists but my work is different. I will be able to enhance Peterís mental abilities and powers to make him faster, stronger and more powerful. Iíve worked with boxers like Muhammad Ali and numerous other athletes over the years to help them improve their performance and my work with Peter is no different."

"Iím looking forward to travelling to Dublin with Peter and I will be involved with him just like any other coach. The only difference is that I am training his mind, not his body."

McDonaghís opponent, Michael Gomez says he isnít losing any sleep over Gellerís involvement. "All I have to say is good luck to him because heís going to need all the help he can get!"

"Iím not sure Uri Geller will be of much use to him though because there wonít be any spoonís in that ring for him to bend. The only thing I plan on bending is some of McDonaghís ribs with my body punches!"

"If he was looking for someone to help him in the ring then he should have got someone like Mike Tyson to come in with him and give him a hand. I think it just shows that he doesnít have the mental strength to take me on and he obviously needs Uri Geller to help him with that. I just see that as a bonus for me really."

I donít need any of that stuff, I believe in myself 100%, Iíve overcome all sorts of obstacles in my life, being on a life support machine, car crashes, everything. Getting in the ring and fighting is easy compared to that."

"Iím so fired up for this, Iíve had so many people asking me about this fight and had so much interest from the papers and T.V. particularly in Ireland. Iíve missed being in the limelight and I know a win over McDonagh will put me right back in the mix again. I just canít wait for the fight to happen."

The Gomez V McDonagh fight at the National Stadium on January 28th is the chief support bout on an excellent night of boxing in Dublin. Headlining the bill is local hero Bernard Dunne as he faces the biggest test of his career against former European, British and IBO World Champion Noel Wilders.

Also featured on the card is some of the finest talent Irish Boxing has to offer including Brian Magee, Colin Kenna, Kevin Oí Hara and Stephen Haughian.

A limited number of tickets are still available from Ticketmaster on the web at or over the phone on 0818 719300.

You can find out more about Uri Gellerís work with some of the Worldís leading athletes at:

Article posted on 19.01.2006

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