Ish O’Connor replaces injured Aaron Collins in Ultimate Boxxer

Ish O’Connor replaces injured Aaron Collins in Ultimate Boxxer

Published On Thursday, September 12, 2019By British Boxing News

Ipswich fighter Ish O’Connor replaces injured Aaron Collins

Opportunity knocks for Ish O’Connor after he was catapulted into the main super welterweight tournament at Ultimate Boxxer 5 following an injury to Aaron Collins.

O’Connor will face Olympian Steven Donnelly in the final quarter-final of the night at the Indigo at the O2, live on BT Sport on September 20.

Collins sustained an intercostal injury during a routine sparring session, and O’Connor was thrilled to be given his big chance.

‘I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity – but I’m in the gym every day – and i’m always ready to fight – so when the call came in I was always going to take it. I’ve had a little look at Steven Donnelly – I know all about his pedigree, and he’s obviously very good, but I believe I can take him. I think he will find it difficult to hit me.’

O’Connor came to the fight game relatively late as a 24-year-old, and won 17 of his 19 fights on the unlicensed scene before turning professional. He enters UB5 with an undefeated 2-0 record.

Opponent Donnelly – with five wins from his first professional outings – has a stellar amateur career under his belt which included representing Ireland in Rio in 2016, and three Commonwealth Games appearances in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Revised Quarter-Final Draw

QF1) Kingsley ‘Obi’ Egbunike (Black shorts) v Lenny Fuller (White shorts)
QF2) Joshua Ejakpovi (Pink shorts) v Kaan Hawes (Red shorts)
QF3) Lewis Syrett (Yellow shorts) v Sean Robinson (Blue shorts)
QF4) Steven Donnelly (Green shorts) v Ish O’Connor (Grey shorts)



Tickets for Ultimate Boxxer 5 are still available at All of the action will be live on BT Sport and the BT Sport YouTube channel from 8pm on September 20.