Perfect for Peter as he returns to capital

GALWAY-BORN Peter McDonagh has enjoyed spells at Newham s gyms during his pro career, and now, after three title fights in his last five contests, he goes back to six-round action at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday night. The 32-year-old light-welterwe

GALWAY-BORN Peter McDonagh has enjoyed spells at Newham's gyms during his pro career, and now, after three title fights in his last five contests, he goes back to six-round action at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday night.

The 32-year-old light-welterweight is booked for action on promoter Mick Helliet's latest York Hall show - in fact it is the first time in six years that 'fight anywhere' McDonagh has appeared at the same venue in two consecutive contests.

Last time out, he was battling at Bethnal Green in April, losing a points verdict to Morden's campaigner Lennie Daws, in a 10-round tussle with the English lightwelterweight title at stake.

Three fights earlier, he was in action at Dublin's famous National Stadium, where he lost on points against Andy Murray, with the Irish lightweight title at stake.


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In his previous fight, Mac had been in Milan, challenging Giuseppe Lauri for the EBU-EU European crown.

However, McDonagh has enjoyed his share of winning nights in his seven-year paid career - and dented the hopes of some bright prospects along the way, including his last two fights of 2008.

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Last December, he shocked previously unbeaten Lee Purdy in a battle for the Southern Area lightwelter belt at Brentwood and two months earlier, he crossed the Atlantic to upset the applecart by beating bright Canadian prospect, Constantin Florescu, over six rounds in Toronto.

In Friday night's clash, he will start favourite against Plymouth rival Jimmy Briggs in a six-round contest.

Another six-rounder on the bill features east London light-heavyweight JJ Oujederie, who in his last three fights has won and lost against Joey Vegas and defeated Andrew Lowe.

Zimbabwe-born Wayne Alran Arab, now based in east London, looks to continue a run which has seen him record eight straight successes.

He is due to face Blackpool rival Mark Nilsen in another six-rounder on Friday night's programme.

A six, two-minute rounds clash at York Hall features Margate super-middleweight Jack Morris, while middleweight Eder Kurti and welter Bobby Gladman are also booked for six-round clashes on Friday's bill.

Other bouts feature light-welterweights Tony Owen and Phil Gill and light-heavyweight Joe Smyth.

Another four-round duel on the card pairs light-welterweights Gavin Tait and Johnny Greaves.

If you require tickets for Friday's York Hall show, contact Mickey Helliet on 07843 636920.

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