Ballymena boxer Steven Donnelly is gearing up for one of the biggest challenges in his ring career in the new year.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist has signed up for the prestigious World Series of Boxing, having been snapped up by the Poland-based Hussars team at last week international draft.
The series is comprised of international quality boxers from various countries, working towards the objective of representing their country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“It’s a great opportunity for me because there are so many top international fighters in it.
“My Polish team chose me as their number one seed at 69kg so they must have been keeping an eye on me in various competitions.
“The top three boxers in each weight division qualify for the Olympics. It will be tough against boxers from the likes of Cuba but if I’m in top shape, I’m confident I can compete at that level.”
Meanwhile, at the other end of the boxing scale, fighters from Donnelly’s All Saints club will continue their development as the club hosts a fight night in the Adair Arms this Friday.
The 13-fight bill is topped by former Ulster intermediate champion Joel Scullion, while Anthony McAvoy, grandson of All Saints legend Tony, makes his debut.
Other All Saints boxers in action are: Shane Hulsman; Connor McGhee,Ricky Moore Junior, Sam McCullough Emeka Onwuka, Frank Duffin, Christie Convery, Oisin Doherty, Glen Timperley and Ronan Tierney. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.