Peter McDonagh could be hot on the heels of domestic Irish legend Jim ‘The Pink Panther’ Rock if, as he predicts, he beats Dean Byrne in Dublin on November 7th.
A clash between the ‘Connemara Kid’ and ‘Irish Lightening’ has yet to be confirmed officially, but the pair look set to trade leather on a strong MGM National Stadium hosted show.
The former European title challenger has fought for the Irish title four times- losing to Robert Murray all the way back in 2005 before beating Micheal Gomez in to pick up the lightweight belt a year later. Another lightweight title fight with Andy Murray didn’t go his way before he became two weight champion by beating John Hutchinson for the light middleweight crown in 2014.
If he manages to beat Dubliner Byrne in an Irish welterweight title fight, the 37 year old will have buckled the green strap around his waist at three different weights, just one less than record holder Jim Rock, who won titles at light middle, middle, super middle and light heavyweight.
Speaking to IFL TV McDonagh claimed he was confident of beating the former Wild Card prospect.
“There has been talk of it for a while now, obviously my manager Daniel is in negotiations with Dean Byrne’s people. It looks like the fight will be made for November – if it is Dean Byrne or someone else I will be ready for it. I leave all that to the boss.
“I am very confident I wouldn’t take the fight otherwise. I think Dean Byrne is a good fighter. He has trained with Freddie Roach, sparred Manny Pacquiao and top fighters and mixed in company, but I believe I am in that good company and I will beat him on the night.”
McDonagh flirted with becoming a journey man as his career progressed, and at some point was viewed as a gate keeper for the a higher level. However, he is now billed as the ‘Cinderella Man’ and the MGM fighter is still confident there are titles out there for him to win.
“I think people look at me differently now. We all know boxing is a business and I am not going to say I beat him or got robbed in a fight with him. It’s all about your last fight. I am two years unbeaten now. People have seen me fight on Boxnation, Sky Sports, Channel 5 and seen I beat certain people and haven’t got decisions, but let’s not ramble on about that lets look forward to Dean Byrne and me becoming a three weight champion.”