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PETER McDONAGH: ‘SINGLETON IS A BOTTLE-JOB AND I’LL BEAT HIM IN SIX ROUNDS’

Peter McDonagh says he is boxing’s true ‘Cinderella Man’, and that his recent winning streak won’t be broken when he stars on the undercard of Hughie Fury’s WBO heavyweight title challenge against Joseph Parker on September 23, exclusively live on YouTube (www.youtube.com/parkerfury)

McDonagh takes on Colne’s Shayne Singleton at the Manchester Arena on a huge night of boxing, and is promising to finish his opponent in six rounds. The pair clashed at a head-to-head photo shoot ahead of the fight, with London-Irish man McDonagh accusing his opponent of lacking heart.

A pro since 2002, Peter may have lost 28 of 56 outings, but has fought some of the UK’s best including Bradley Skeete, Bradley Saunders, Alex Arthur and Frankie Gavin, and has only been beaten inside-the-distance twice. Since joining the MTK Global stable, he is now on a 10-fight unbeaten run and says his career has been truly resurrected.

Opponent Singleton, 23-2-1 (8), has only lost to two top fighters – current European welterweight champ Sam Eggington and British welter ruler, Skeete. Stopped in five rounds both times, Shayne says his future is at light-middleweight and that he is sure he will break down 39-year-old McDonagh in Manchester.

Acknowledging Singleton is no slouch; ‘Connemara Kid’ McDonagh – who is trained by Hughie Fury’s father, Peter – has revealed that he specifically requested the chance to fight Singleton and insists he will put on a KO, crowd-pleasing performance and continue his career revival.

“I’ve been there and done it and, let me tell you something, it was shown in both fights against Eggington and Skeete, that he swallowed it. He showed he’s a bottle job; he showed that when it gets hard, he don’t want to know. And the thing is, I will find it out; if you’ve got a bad heart then I will break it. People in the game know exactly the fighting man that I am.

“Not everyone gets a second chance, and I am the true ‘Cinderella Man’. I was going to retire from boxing but I went over to Spain, sparring Bradley Saunders, and then MTK asked me to go back but I said ‘it’s over, I don’t want to box anymore’. But they said, ‘we know you can fight, but you’ve never been looked after. Come back over and see us’. They asked me to give it one last go, they believed in me and here we are, 10 fights uneaten.

“I started training with Peter Fury just before this camp. Peter knows I can fight, I’ve been around him for years. We’ve gelled very well, we’ve had a great training camp. So, despite all the losses I’ve had, I’m in a great position now. I’ve boxed the ‘who’s who’ of British boxing, I’ve boxed the ‘who’s who’ of world boxing! I’ve boxed top fighters all over the world. If you want to call me a journeyman, call me one, but I’m 10 fights unbeaten and that’s down to MTK believing in me and giving me the opportunity.

“I’m not losing on Saturday, but if it was to happen I’d retire on the spot because once I lose it’s over, but if I keep winning then I’ll keep on going. I rate Singleton, he’s a good fighter, he’s only been beaten by two top kids, the European champion [Eggington] and Skeete. I see me breaking him down after four or five rounds, and then stopping him in six. I most definitely think it’ll be an entertaining fight too. I rang and asked for this because I knew the crowd will love this fight. The fans will be the winners.”

The WBO World Heavyweight Championship between Joe Parker v Hughie Fury headlines an action-packed card that also feaures: The Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Championship between Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly v Stiliyan Kostov; The British Bantamweight Championship Josh Wale v Don Broadhurst; The British Lightweight Championship Eliminator Joe Murray v Matty Fagan. Plus Peter McDonagh v Shayne Singleton in a 10 Round Super-Welterweight Contest, backed up top talents: Ryan Farrag, Yusuf Safa, Lyndon Arthur, Jake Kilganoon, Jack Cullen, Mickey Ellison, Lee Carter and Alex Dickinson.

Parker v Fury is exclusively live on YouTube for £14.99 in the UK and €16.99 in the Republic of Ireland until midnight. Go to www.youtube.com/parkerfury for booking information.

Murray: ‘I’ll Win In Style Against Fagan

Joe Murray says he will back up his fighting talk, when he appears on a huge night of boxing in his home city of Manchester on September 23.

Joe, brother of former world title challenger John, takes on Matty Fagan in a British lightweight title eliminator at the Manchester Arena; part of a stacked undercard to Joseph Parker’s WBO world heavyweight title fight against Hughie Fury, exclusively live on YouTube (www.youtube.com/pakerfury)

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 30-year-old. “Before this fight, I’ve been moaning saying I wanted to be on the big shows, and what’s better than a massive Manchester show. I’ve never boxed at the Arena, although I’ve seen great fights there like Ricky Hatton versus Kostya Tszyu, and I’ve watched my brother there against Anthony Crolla. So, I’ve always wanted to box at the Arena, it’s always been a dream of mine to fight in front of my home crowd in a massive stadium.”

Former Olympian Murray, has lost just twice in 23 contests, both times at super-featherweight to Liam Walsh. In 2013, Walsh defeated Joe on points, before finishing him in five rounds in a 2015 British title fight. Since those losses, Murray has regrouped at lightweight and now faces Fagan for a crack at the Lonsdale Belt. Current domestic champ Robbie Barrett meets challenger Lewis Ritson on October 7, but Joe says he has the beating of either of them.

Before any thought of Barrett or Ritson, ‘Genius’ Murray has to successfully negotiate the challenge of former sparring partner, Fagan. The Ellesmere Port man has his own ambitions to get to the top, and will be buoyed by fighting on such a big stage. With just two defeats in 13 dust-ups, one of them coming to former British super-featherweight ruler Gary Buckland, Matty has earned this eliminator, and his battle with Murray could well be fight-of-the-night.

“I’ve got to put on an exciting performance against Matty,” said Murray. “I’ve been doing a lot of talking, and the only way I’m going to get the big fights made is by putting on a good performance and backing up what I’m saying. This fight isn’t just about winning for me, it’s about looking good and winning in style.

“I’m taking nothing from our previous sparring. I believe in my own ability. When we turn up we can all be different fighters anyway, and when you have the 8oz gloves on it’s totally different. I believe I’m better than Matty Fagan though, and better than most lightweights around. I’m going to go in there and put a show on.

“I think Ritson will have the edge over Barrett, but I’d be happy to fight either of them. I don’t think the lightweight division is that strong at the moment anyway, and I just want to fight the winner and then move onto bigger things. If Crolla beats Ricky Burns then I’d absolutely love an all-Manchester fight against him in the future.”

The WBO World Heavyweight Championship between Joe Parker v Hughie Fury headlines an action-packed card that also feaures: The Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Championship between Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly v Stiliyan Kostov; The British Bantamweight Championship Josh Wale v Don Broadhurst; The British Lightweight Championship Eliminator Joe Murray v Matty Fagan. Plus Peter McDonagh v Shayne Singleton in a 10 Round Super-Welterweight Contest, backed up top talents: Ryan Farrag, Yusuf Safa, Lyndon Arthur, Jake Kilganoon, Jack Cullen, Mickey Ellison, Lee Carter and Alex Dickinson.

Parker v Fury is exclusively live on YouTube for £14.99 in the UK and €16.99 in the Republic of Ireland until midnight. Go to www.youtube.com/parkerfury for booking information.

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