JJ McDonagh will follow in his little brother Paddy’s footsteps by strapping an Irish title around his waist later this month, before progressing his career to the next level, according to manager Tom Ward.
McDonagh faces two time Irish title challenger Lee Murtagh for the Irish Super Middleweight title vacated by Anthony Fitzgerald, who also appears on the Hove, Brighton Card.
The West Meath fighter’s brother claimed the light heavyweight title with victory over Mayo’s John Waldron and has been linked with a fight with Seanie Monaghan on the Matthew Macklin/Sergio Martinez undercard.
Ward stressed the older sibling will emulate his baby brothers title success and is more equipped at this stage of his career to secure bigger fights.
“JJ is 25 he is older more seasoned and harder than his brother Paddy. It is time he was Irish champion. He should win and kick on from there. He is training hard and he is ready for a stiff challenge. Lee is always fit he is a tough fighter. JJ is working hard to beat Lee and when he gets the Irish title he will progress and get bigger fights.”