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Screen time: Steven Donnelly is ready to shine on BT Sport
Screen time: Steven Donnelly is ready to shine on BT Sport
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Steven Donnelly will tonight aim to give his career a major shot in the arm when he bids to win the Ultimate Boxer event in London.

Donnelly, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, recently turned 31 and having entered the professional ranks later than most the Ballymena man is eager to push quickly towards title contention, believing this new tournament can offer a gateway to such a chance.

Ultimate Boxer, which is being screened by BT Sport, has the same three-round format as Sky's Prizefighter nights with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final all on the same evening.

Donnelly, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been installed as the favourite for the tournament having been drawn against Aaron Collins.

"I want to be in the same mix as the likes of Anthony Fowler, Scott Fitzgerald and Ted Cheeseman. Those are all really good fights and that's what I'm after because I believe I'm ready for any of them," said Donnelly.

"This Ultimate Boxer chance has come at just the right time for me and I aim to make the most of it. I'm on BT Sport so it can raise my profile and show people that I deserve to be in the British light-middleweight title mix.

"I've been put in as the favourite but I'm ignoring that because this is boxing and anything can happen and when you have a one-night format like this you just never know what's going to happen. But I do feel that all my amateur experience and the skills I've developed over those years will be in my favour.

"I've got the skill but also I think I might surprise a few people with how hard I can hit to the body.

"It's going to be an exciting night and I can't wait.

"By winning this tournament I can push myself towards bigger fights and bigger purses and that's what this business is about."

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