Irish super-middleweight champion JJ McDonagh is back in front of the TV cameras this month. McDonagh came to prominence with his run to the final of the ‘Prizefighter’ on Sky Sports in May, 2012 – and since then, he’s boxed only once.
But the 28 year-old from Mullingar can get his career moving again with victory at the Camden Centre on Friday, February 21.
He’s matched with decent looking Polish fighter Michal Nieroda on a Mickey Helliet-promoted show that’s set to be screened live in HD in 109 countries on Eurosport.
Nieroda has a 12-6-1 (7) record – and manager Kaz Evans has thanked the Pole for agreeing to box McDonagh.
“I’ve been ringing everyone trying to get fights for JJ,” said Evans.
“JJ is too good to box journeymen, but nobody at the level above wants to box him.
“He’s a tall southpaw who can punch and nobody wants to box a tall southpaw who can punch.
“I thought going in ‘Prizefighter’ would be good for JJ – but it seems to have scared people off.
“We even offered to box (former WBO middleweight champion) Hassan N’dam N’Jikam in Dublin, but (promoter) Gary Hyde wasn’t interested.
“I was relieved when I got the ‘phone call from Mickey Helliet. Boxing on this show in front of a worldwide audience will be a great platform for JJ.”
McDonagh proved his capabilities when he came oh-so-close to upsetting Eamonn O’Kane in a scrappy ‘Prizefighter’ final at the King’s Hall.
Evans revealed a rematch has been mooted and there are further big fights ahead for McDonagh, if he comes through his six-round fight against Nieroda.
“I’ve had calls about Celtic-title fights and there are a few other things in the pipeline,” said Evans. “We need to get JJ moving this year.”
In the top-of-the-bill fight at Camden, dynamite punching Elliott Matthews puts his Southern Area middleweight title on the line against Diego Burton and the show also features unbeaten Polish heavyweight Marcin Siwy and more.
Tickets are available from Hellraiser Boxing on 0207 352 1593.