Boxing | Shutout win for dominant Donovan in Glasgow

David Smith
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Paddy Donovan has produced a shutout victory against Danny Mendoza in Glasgow.

The Limerick boxer claimed a 60-53 win after six impressive rounds in his second professional fight against his Nicaraguan opponent at the Emirates Arena.

Donovan looked composed and comfortable throughout, forcing Mendoza to take a standing count in the second round following a big left hand from the Irish fighter.

The 20-year-old controlled the fight behind his clever jab, and demonstrated his fast feet and quick hands throughout the bout in Scotland.

‘Real Deal’ caught the durable Mendoza with several combinations and some troublesome body shots, but had to settle for a dominant points victory.

“I enjoyed the fight, I rarely got hit,”  Donovan (2-0)  said afterwards. 

“My opponent was tough and took some good punches from me. It was good to get six rounds of boxing under my belt. I was very happy with performance.”

Hopes are extremely high for Donovan – who won by first-round knockout on his professional debut last month – with Andy Lee acting as the 20-year-old’s trainer and mentor.

“Paddy boxed really well, he was patient and measured in there,” Lee added.  
“It is all experience and this will stand by him as we go forward.”

Donovan is now scheduled to fight on Michael Conlan’s undercard at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day next year.

Dubliner Pierce O’Leary also made it two victories from two pro fights with a points win over Chris Adaway after four rounds. 

The Irish duo were fighting on an MTK card at the Emirates Arena, which saw Lee McGregor become the unified British and Commonwealth bantamweight champion after a thrilling win over Kash Farooq.

Kieran Smith also retained his WBC International Silver super-welterweight title by defeating Italy’s Vincenzo Bevilacqua.

At York Hall in London, Irish boxer John-Joe Nevin also recorded an excellent victory against Freddy Fonseca.

The Westmeath boxer produced a 99-90, 97-92, 97-92 points win to claim the WBA International title, having knocked Nicaraguan Fonseca down in the second round.

After the fight, the Olympic silver medalist revealed that he is targeting Tevin Farmer in 2020.