Olympics-bound Donnelly back in the groove with victory in Poland

Steven Donnelly claimed his first victory in this year's World Series Boxing at the weekend.

Steven Donnelly claimed his first victory in this year's World Series Boxing at the weekend.

Steven Donnelly made a welcome return to form in his latest World Series of Boxing bout at the weekend.

The Olympics-bound Ballymena boxer, representing the Poland Hussars team in the global event, comprehensively defeated his Argentina Condors opponent Maximiliano Ocampo, in Krakow.

It was a welcome boost for Donnelly, who suffered a defeat in Venezuela in his opening fight in this year’s WSB in February - his first ring action for almost a year.

The All Saints welterweight took every round on all three judges’ cards (50-44, 50-45 x2), and showed both effective aggression and clever counter-punching throughout as he had too much know-how for his opponent.

“There was big pressure on me on this fight after losing in Venezeula,” said Donnelly.

“I needed to win this one and I did it in style - I felt good in there.”

Donnelly has been stepping up his preparations for the Olympics in Rio and recently was part of the Ireland squad who took part in a training camp against Lithuania.

On that occasion, Steven was up against another top class opponent in the form of European Elite welter champion Evaldas Stanionis .