Steven Donnelly is confident he will be fit for the biggest challenge of his boxing career later this month.
The Ballymena fighter, recently named 2014 IABA Senior Boxer of the Year, has been receiving treatement for a hand injury as he prepares to make his debut in the World Series of Boxing.
The damaged left hand prevented the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from going for another Ulster senior title before Christmas as well the chance to defend the Irish senior title he won last year.
But the 26-year-old sees beyond the national title changing hands to the bigger picture of the semi-professional WSB, in which he has been chosen to box for a Polish team, with the opportunity to secure qualification for next year’s Olympics.
“I see the Olympics as being the pinnacle of my career so I’ve given up my job to achieve my ambition,” says Steven.
“I will be 27 by then and with a few more internationals under my belt I will fear no one.
“I am already part of the Olympic set up in Dublin, training under Billy Walsh, Peter Taylor and Zouri Anita from Georgia, the only drawback there is I will no longer have Gerry Hamill in my corner.
“Gerry and the other All Saints trainers brought me from a ten year old novice to being crowned Irish champion and to all who helped me along the way I will be forever grateful,” added Steven.