Dylan Moran has turned down Andy Lee’s offer for Paddy Donovan to immediately step in as his opponent after Declan Geraghty was forced out of the fight with a cut. Dylan Moran was scheduled to fight Geraghty on April 8th for his homecoming show in Waterford, Ireland, where he was born and raised.
Dylan Moran Dreams Of A Homecoming Fight
Moran stated on social media that the Waterford bill was something he’d ‘been trying to make happen for years’ and so he is prioritizing that opportunity first, against a standby opponent.
Dylan Moran confirmed to Andy Lee that once he has his special night on April 8th, he is then willing to open talks with him about a fight with Donovan.
He also reassured fight fans on his social media today that the bout with Donovan “will happen” because ‘it’s fights like this that gets you to the gym every day.”
Donovan for his part posted a screenshot on Instagram of Moran’s Boxrec showing he fought in Germany at the end of February, to refute Moran’s claims that he needs a warm-up after not fighting in 16 months. Although that was a one-round blow-out against an opponent with no wins, so the argument that Moran still needs rounds in the bank can still be made.
Nonetheless, as an all-Irish rivalry between two fighters who are both nicknamed ‘The Real Deal’, it is certainly a fight that fans would rush to see in Ireland and would build on the return of major boxing to the country, paved by Katie Taylor’s homecoming against Chantelle Cameron in May.
Fellow NoSmoke writer, Tokkers puts Eric Donovan as his number 1 welterweight prospect in Britain and Ireland and you’d expect Donovan to be a firm bookmaker favorite in a potential match-up with Moran.
However, Dylan Moran has been crying out for a big fight for some time now and strikes me as a man that will match increased levels of occasion with increased levels of performance.
Hopefully, with a back-and-forth already established between the two fighters on social media and the willingness of a legendary member of the Irish fight fraternity, we won’t have to wait too long to see how it plays out.
By Harry Duffy