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Boxer Steven Donnelly out to be a big hit on pro stage

By Graham Luney

Published 22/09/2016

In discussions: Steven Donnelly
In discussions: Steven Donnelly

Boxer Steven Donnelly is convinced he will make a big impact in the professional ranks.

The Olympic fighter plans to follow in the footsteps of Ireland team-mates Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan by signing a deal to become a professional.

"I'm now looking forward to going pro and I know for a fact that I will be a better pro than I was an amateur," said the Ballymena man.

The 28-year-old competed for Ireland at the Rio Games and reached the welterweight quarter-finals.

He added: "I have done everything I can do in the amateur game. The longer rounds will suit me as you can take your time and settle into the fight.

"I'm in negotiations with two American promoters and I still have lots of questions to ask them because it is my career on the line after all. If that doesn't work out then I can go the same route as Paddy Barnes and stay on these shores but hopefully I will know what I'm doing in the next couple of weeks."

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