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Eastern ABC's Martin McDonagh bidding to reclaim English title against Harlem Eubank this weekend

Reclaiming his English title is the task for Martin McDonagh when he meets Harlem Eubank this weekend.

And the Eastern ABC boxer will be buoyed by a GB assessment invite which could lead him to the big time.

McDonagh, 21, lost his 64kg English title when losing narrowly to the Army’s Ryan Fillingham back in February but with the title now vacated, McDonagh is back to capture the belt.

Martin McDonagh, pictured with trainer Billy Rumbol
Martin McDonagh, pictured with trainer Billy Rumbol

He will be the favourite when he meets Eubank, the 20-year-old son of former two-weight world champion Chris, in Hastings.

Confident coach Billy Rumbol said: “If he sticks to the game plan then we should win comfortably. Eubank will have all the preparations he needs and we need to make sure we are 100%.

“It’s a big fight and an important one because a belt is at stake.”

McDonagh will be facing his assessment next month where the GB selectors pick the cream of the crop, choosing who to hand part-time or full-time boxing opportunities to.

Rumbol said: “We are taking a bit of a risk with this fight but there is a belt on the line so we have to go for it.

“Making it into one of the GB squads (either on the part-time development squad or full-time podium team) would be life-changing.”

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