Double Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and 2016 Olympian Steven Donnelly has turned professional with MTK Global.
The 29-year-old from Ballymena was third in the 2014 and 2018 Games at welterweight and middleweight respectively and will begin his career in the paid ranks at 154lbs.
Donnelly said: “I’ve been to three Commonwealth Games and then qualified for the Olympics through the semi-pro World Series of Boxing.
“I got through to the last eight in Rio and that was great for me despite a poor Olympics for Ireland. I’ve won Ulster and Irish titles and all the rest as an amateur.
“I’ve always said that the professional game would suit me. If you look at the end of my amateur career, I was starting to fight a lot more. My style was becoming pro.
“I can box and I can fight and I’ll be showing that on my debut. I’m knuckling down to train every day. I’m very dedicated.
“I want to be fast-tracked and get going straight away. I believe I’ve the talent to go very far in this game.”
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World Title Looms for 19-Year Old Devin Haney (19-0, 13 KOs) Ranked IBF #15
19-year-old undefeated sensation and USBA Lightweight champion, Devin “The Dream” Haney (19-0, 13 KOs), has captured his second title before age 20, but even more impressive, is his ranking at # 15 by the IBF, meaning a title shot is near.
“It means the world to me to be ranked in the top 15 by a major sanctioning body like the IBF,” said Devin Haney. “I work extremely hard. I have dedicated my life to the sport of boxing, and the fact that sanctioning bodies are taking notice of my hard work, reaffirms all the sacrifice I have made. I am very excited for what the future holds.”
In his last bout Haney defeated Mason Menard (33-3, 24 KOs) by way of ninth-round technical knockout, and earned the victory when Menard’s corner stopped the bout heading into the tenth and final round. Haney handed Menard a one-sided beating up until that point, forcing Menard’s corner to stop the fight. This victory, which headlined Showtime’s “ShoBox: The Next Generation”, also awarded Devin, the USBA Lightweight title.
“I know that after the statement I made in the last fight, people will be watching me closely,” Haney continued. “I have a lot of hype around me! The cat is out of the bag! I’m nobody’s prospect. I’m a contender. If the winner of Garcia vs Eastern wants to fight me next, I’m available. The industry and the real fight fans know who I am. They know I can fight. It’s only going to get better. I’m working hard, and I promise that in my next fight, you will see, an even better Devin Haney than before.”
Devin Haney is the youngest fighter ever to hold the USBA Lightweight title in the organization’s history. In September, Devin will be making his return to the ring, as he gears up for his first title defense.
Michael Moore to appear on this season of
Middleweight Michael Moore will appear on the upcoming season of the Contender.
The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television and Paramount Television, will premiere on EPIX® on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Moore of Cleveland, Ohio has a record of 15-1 with 7 knockouts.
The 31 year-old Moore, who is riding a two-fight winning streak will be able to gain worldwide exposure by competing on the popular television program.
Moore is reformed from a hard life on the street. With drugs, death and family suicide prevalent around him, Michael Moore is a natural hustler and leader. Married with two kids, Moore is constantly moving from state to state with his family in tow in pursuit of the boxing dream.
“I feel blessed to be part of The Contender series because I know there were a lot of other fighters out there that are good like me and have stories of hardship like me,” said Moore.
“At the time I was approached by Split-T Management, I was going through a rough patch in life as money was really tight, bills were piling, and I had recently pulled out of the biggest fight of my life which was going to be nationally televised due to an injury a week before the bout. I felt lost because I didn’t know what I was going to do. When I was a kid, I would hustle to make some money but as a man with a wife and two kids, I can’t get involved in those kind of stuff but I have to make something happen to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates.”
“This opportunity couldn’t come at a better time and I plan to take full advantage of changing the lives of my family.”
“I want to thank Split-T Management and people of The Contender for giving me this opportunity to change my life and when you see me, you will see a father, a husband, a man, a fighter who works his darnest because there is a lot on the line when it comes to Michael Moore.”
“When we were approached on who we thought would be great for the Contender Series, Michael first came to my mind because he is a good fighter who has such a great story behind him,” said Moore’s manager David McWater, CEO of Split-T Management. “Once you get to hear his words, and hear his story you will instantly be a fan.”