By Andrew Wake:
Liverpool’s John Donnelly is ready to jump back into the title picture after he’s returned to the ring later this year.
The 27-year-old has moved down a weight classification to super-flyweight and is likely to contest the British crown if he can get past a six round warm up in October or November.
Question marks hang over what current Lonsdale belt holder Lee Haskins is going to do with his career. He is set to take part in the upcoming super-flyweight Prizefighter, but with him being the current WBA inter-continental champion at bantamweight, a defence of the domestic crown may not be on be horizon.
Indeed, Donnelly believes that his shot will likely come for a vacant strap.
“We haven’t put pen to paper yet but it’s definitely in the pipeline,” Donnelly revealed. “It’s likely to be a vacant title so Frank Maloney has said he’s going to try and get me to fight for it.
“This will show I’m back fighting and I’m back in the title scene. I want to get straight back in there because, as they say, quitters never win and winners never quit.”
The scouser received some criticism for the way in which the Stuey Hall dispatched him in a British title tilt at Bantamweight in April.
But he now feels that should never have been in the 8st 6lbs division let alone the same squared circle as the hard punching Darlington man.
“To be honest, it’s a fight I should never have taken,” he stated. “I was never a bantamweight and I’ve learned a lesson there.
“I should have been in the flyweight and super-flyweight divisions from the beginning of my career. I was just a lazy dieter before because I can make super-flyweight easy.”
The drop down three lbs isn’t the only change for the likable Liverpudlian. He has left Dave Tonk’s Kempston Street Gym and teamed up with Birkenhead Venture duo Sean Trodden and Danny Kelly on the opposite side of the Mersey.
“I think Dave took me as far as he could take me and I wish him all the best. It’s just that I couldn’t motivate myself in that gym anymore and needed a change,” he explained.
“I’ve got a new team looking after me now and everything is good at the moment. I’m learning new things, they are really putting me through my paces, and I know now that super-flyweight will be my best division.”