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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

Ball Stopped in Dublin

Black Country Boxing’s Danny Ball took the trip over to the Emerald Isle to take on one Irelands and hot prospects on the undercard of the Cameron v Taylor show at the three arena Dunlin (25.11.23). Ball (27) who is the current English Welterweight champ took on Limerick's unbeaten fighter Paddy Donavan in a ten three-minute round contest who came into a record of eleven without defeat. Ball came into the fight with an impressive record of his own win thirteen and drawing one out of fifteen fights weighed in for this Welterweight contest Ten stone six with Donavan coming in the same with Padraig O’Reachtagain reffing.

Donovan came out strong landing some good sharp backhands, Ball just seemed to be taking a look at the Irishman but did land some nice shots himself. Ball let his hands go at the start of the second and hot some good shots off, Donavan showed some fast hands landing some sharp combinations winning the round. Razor sharp shots by Donavan as he moved well and picked his shots well, Ball continued to press and landed some good shots but Donavan won the round. Donavan continued to box well in the fourth letting nice sharp shots off, Donavan then landed a cracking southpaw left hand flush on Balls chin which put him down, how he got to his was a credit to his determination to carry on. The ref checked him and let him carry on and Donavan jumped on Ball throwing multiple shots while Ball covered up, Ball got off the ropes but was caught by a body shot that put him down again. Ref Padraig O’Reachtagain then stopped the fight when Ball’s corner threw the towel in two minutes forty-one seconds in the fourth.


Dexter’s Thoughts

This is a hard one to watch for me as I like Danny and always want him to do well like all Midlands boxers. Ball didn’t really get going in this contest and Donavan lived up to his reputation as a fast starter as he wanted to make a statement to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom to sign him. I could see Balls tactics as he looked to get at him in the later rounds but Donavan was very impressive early on and is definitely one to watch in the future. Ball is still the English champ and I can see him moving on to contesting for British honours after himself and his team regroup and he defends his English title a few times. Ball is a much better fighter than his performance in Dublin and i look forward to seeing him in the ring very soon.




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