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O'Donnell aims to ambush the Assassin

PUBLISHED: 13:10 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

John O'Donnell

John O'Donnell

By Ziad Chaudry JOHN O Donnell continues his push towards a possible English title challenge tomorrow evening, when he hopes to gun down Isle of Wight Assassin Jay Morris. The Shepherd s Bush welterweight is keen to put on a good display in front of the k

By Ziad Chaudry

JOHN O'Donnell continues his push towards a possible English title challenge tomorrow evening, when he hopes to gun down Isle of Wight Assassin Jay Morris.

The Shepherd's Bush welterweight is keen to put on a good display in front of the knowledgeable York Hall crowd and convince promoter Mick Hennessy to give him a shot at his old English title, currently held by Nottingham's Adnan Amar.

Nottingham was the venue for O'Donnell's most recent outing - his first for nearly a year - when he returned to winning ways with a four-round shut-out against Billy Smith.

This time the 22-year-old must overcome the Isle of Wight Assassin - 30-year-old Morris, who has also campaigned at both light-welterweight and light-middleweight.

A mixed 18-fight record (eight wins, nine losses, one draw) suggests that Morris should not pose much threat to O'Donnell, a southpaw specialist trained by ex-European middleweight champion Robert McCracken.

Although Morris was beaten in his last two outings by Craig Docherty and Jason Rushton, he did score a surprise points success over previously unbeaten middleweight Danny Good on his only previous visit to York Hall.

O'Donnell's aim is to mix in with the likes of Craig Watson, WBU world title holder Michael Jennings and British champion Kevin McIntyre, but a meeting with Amar looks more likely if he can see off the Assassin.

Top of the bill is a British super-bantamweight title match-up between Esham Pickering and Matthew Marsh. Call 0870 060 1795 for ticket details.


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