Ultimate Boxxer champion Steven Donnelly

Steven Donnelly calls for a shot at Hamzah Sheeraz this year

Published On Monday, January 27, 2020By British Boxing News

Steven Donnelly faces Jordan Grannum this weekend but has his sights set on two others

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.

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