AMIR KHAN is backing reformed dangerous boy Steven Donnelly to beat the bullies to Final Boxxer glory on Friday night time.
The previous Irish Olympian misplaced two years of his promising profession to damaging partying and avenue fights after the heartbreak of falling in need of a medal on the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Video games.
However, after having a extreme hangover interrupted by his mentor, he’s again to profitable methods as an expert and the favorite to win the Golden Gown and £16,000 on the O2 Indigo.
Earlier installments of the 3x3min format have favoured heavy-handed sluggers however Olympic 2004 silver winner and UB5 commentator Khan believes the Ballymena man’s class will shine by means of.
The ex-world champ instructed SunSport: “Novice pedigree goes to be vital however that is skilled boxing, with smaller gloves and no headguards, it’s a far more brutal sport.
“Informal boxing followers like a bully, they prefer to see the large man who marches ahead and appears for the knockout over the extra technical and skilful boxer.
“However Donnelly could have boxed guys which have tried to bully and overpower him within the amateurs, so he can be used to it and could have loads of tips to beat it.
“I had a really beginner type after I turned skilled however I used to be quick and correct and that’s how my knockouts got here.”
Donnelly, 31, has solely gained one among his six professional fights inside the gap however he’s assured of knocking his rivals out of the competitors now he’s completed knocking again drinks.
Eight years in the past he was hellbent on throwing his expertise down the drain however now he’s 27 minutes away from turning into a serious super-welterweight contender once more.
The Irish 2016 Olympian stated: “After the Delhi Commonwealth Video games I had a few years out of the ring doing issues I shouldn’t have been doing, taking place that incorrect highway that loads of boxers go down once they undergo a painful disappointment.
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“Luckily my coach Gerry Hamill came to my house one Sunday morning, I had not long been in from the night out before, and he told me wise up and use my talent.
“I was expected to do well at Delhi and when it didn’t happen it sent me down a mad path but now I am on the straight and narrow and it is my motivation to fulfil my talent.
“I was boxing 64kgs in Delhi but I managed to eat and drink myself up to 75kgs, which was a lot for me and left me with a fat face. But I worked it all off running the roads and it will make a win on Friday even more worthwhile.”
UB5 is live on BT Sport and their dedicated YouTube channel from 8pm on Friday, September 20. Limited tickets are still available at www.ultimateboxxer.com/tickets