Ballymena’s Ultimate Boxxer champion Steven Donnelly (8-0, 3 KOs) is ready to continue his rapid rise on #MTKFightNight on February 1 and has set two targets for 2020.
‘The Donn’, who wowed BT Sport viewers with a stoppage-laden surge to the Ultimate Boxxer crown back in September, travels to Belfast to tackle London's 'Brown Eagle' Jordan Grannum (5-68-2) over six rounds as he attempts to kick off 2020 in style.
As he prepares for Saturday’s Ulster Hall task, 31-year-old Donnelly said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and into the action. I’m excited to do so in front of the Belfast fans. I’m going to start this year with a bang.
“I really enjoyed Ultimate Boxxer. I loved every minute of it. There was a lot of pressure because I was the favourite going into it but I got that big prize in the end.
“I was in great shape for that tournament and I’m really starting to bang. I was happy with how the whole thing went and it has put my name out there as someone to look out for.
“I’ve done a lot of training off my own back since then. I even trained on Christmas Day simply because I was bored! I ticked over throughout the festive season and now I’m ready to shine on February 1.
“By the end of the year, I want the WBO European title currently held by Hamzah Sheeraz. I’d love a shot at him. There are some other big fights like Kieran Smith, who has a nice WBC belt as well.”
20-year-old London-based Sheeraz is the current WBO European super-welterweight champion who stopped all four of his opponents during 2019.
Rio 2016 Olympian, Steven Donnelly, heads into his ninth contest on a bustling bill at the Ulster Hall, with Sean McComb vs. Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, Davey Oliver Joyce vs. Lee Haskins for the WBO European super-bantamweight title, Gary Cully vs. Joe Fitzpatrick for the Irish lightweight crown, Lewis Crocker vs. John Thain and much more.