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O'Donnell set for title challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:10 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

JOHN O'Donnell believes he is close to challenging for titles following his comeback victory last Friday evening at York Hall in Bethnal Green. The 22-year-old welterweight from Shepherds Bush...

BY ZIAD CHAUDRY

JOHN O'Donnell believes he is close to challenging for titles following his comeback victory last Friday evening at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The 22-year-old welterweight from Shepherds Bush gunned down the Isle of Wight 'Assassin' Jay Morris towards the end of a the sixth round.

Morris, 30, did not live up to his charismatic ring name and was lucky to survive six rounds as he clung onto his conqueror and battled fruitlessly against O'Donnell's slick sharp hooks.

Referee Ian-John Lewis eventually came to his rescue in the final round when the orthodox South Coast grafter buckled after two powerful hooks to his body.

"I thought he was very lucky to get six rounds in," O'Donnell told the Times. "I knew he was finished but for some reason the ref saw it differently."

O'Donnell has put last year's defeat against Christian Solono behind him, the only glitch in his otherwise impeccable 18 fight record, and is now looking forward to a challenging six months.

"I don't think I'm ready for a fight for a title, but I don't think I'm too far off to be perfectly honest," he said.

"My aim is to fight for a title eliminator by September, and then hopefully a title by December. I've moved on since the Salono defeat so I'm on the road to recovery."

Promoter Mick Hennessy has five fights planned for him, which could lead to a possible British or Commonwealth title shot.

O'Donnell's next two appearances are scheduled to take place at Limerick University, Ireland on July 19 and then in Enoch, Canada on August 15, on the undercard of Darren Barker's Commonwealth middleweight title defence.


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