Former three time, two weight Southern Area Champion Peter ?Connemara Kid?
McDonagh is quietly confident that he will add a fourth title, at a third
weight, to his collection this coming Friday, when he takes on unbeaten
rising star Bradley Skeete for the vacant Southern Area Welterweight
crown, at the Frank Warren promoted ?Three Lions? show at York Hall in
Bethnal Green.

Peter McDonagh in confident mood ahead of Southern Area title fight this Friday
Peter McDonagh in confident mood ahead of Southern Area title fight
this Friday

McDonagh has an established Championship record going right back to the
mid-noughties, having won the Southern Area Lightweight title back in 2004
with a close points victory over Jon Honney before going on to secure the
Irish Lightweight Crown, with a sensational sixth round stoppage of
Michael Gomez, two years later.

In 2008 McDonagh vacated the Irish crown to unsuccessfully challenge
Italian Giuseppe Lauri for his European Union Light Welterweight crown,
before out boxing Lee ?Lights Out? Purdy to secure his second Southern
Area title, this time the Light Welterweight version.

The following year McDonagh unsuccessfully Lenny Daws for the vacant
English Light Welterweight title, then shortly after once again facing old
foe Lee Purdy, this time for the vacant Southern Area Welterweight title.
This time it was Purdy that came away victorious, and at the same time
preventing McDonagh from making history by becoming a three weight

in 2010 McDonagh once again stepped onto the International stage to
unsuccessfully challenge France?s Yvan Mendy for the vacant World Boxing
Federation Intercontinental Light Welterweight title.

It wouldn?t be until 2011 before the Connemara Kid was back in
Championship action, when he unsuccessfully defended his Southern Area
Light Welter strap against Darren ?Mr R&B? Hamilton

Later in the year Peter took part in the highly successful Prizefighter
series, only to draw eventual tournament victor Yassine El Maachi in the

With just the three outings so far in 2012, won one and lost two, McDonagh
is clearly the underdog going into Friday?s fight. However the ever
likable Irishman feels that the underdog label may be doing him a big
favour, when he spoke briefly following a training session at the TRAD TKO
Boxing Gym in Canning Town.

?It?s a very good fight for me, it?s gonna be a tough one, but I love ?em
tough and if I can pull it off I?ll become a three weight Southern Area
Champion, which is big in itself.

I?ve had the belt at Lightweight, Light Welterweight and now get a second
chance to add the Welterweight belt.

I don?t know if anyone has done that before, but it?s a big opportunity
for me and I feel I?m in there with a good chance of making history.

Bradley Skeete?s a good fighter, he?s unbeaten but he?s not been there
before, I have and I think that could be the difference.

I?ve had plenty of hard ten and twelve round fights in my career and I?m
the upset kid you know and come Friday I?ll take Bradley to places he?s
never been to before.

Training here at the TRAD TKO has been great as ever, been getting plenty
of great sparring with Jimmy and Mark?s (Tibbs) boys, had some sparring
with Kevin (Mitchell) as he prepares for his big fight against ?Ricky
(Burns) the week after mine and some of their other boys as well as some
sessions with Johnny?s (Eames) boys.

Here at the TRAD TKO we have just had a really successful weekend, with
Charlie (Hoy), Tom (Baker), Wadi (Camacho) winning their fights, as well
as Ian (Bailey) and Danny (Connor) both coming in as underdogs to capture
Southern Area titles and Erick (Ochieng) retaining his English title in

Now I?ve just got to focus on the 14th September, if I can do a good job
on Bradley Skeete then I?ll bring another title back to the gym and
hopefully then I?ll get a British title fight.

I?ve been a pro for eleven years and you know, I think this is my
opportunity to go for it and come the 14th September that?s just what I?m
gonna do, I?m going for it.?

Peter McDonagh versus Bradley Skeete, for the vacant Southern Area
Welterweight title, is the main support bout for TRAD TKO?s Billy Joe
Saunders, as he defends his Commonwealth Middleweight Crown against Jarrod
Fletcher, at the Frank Warren Promoted ?Three Lions? event at York Hall in
Bethnal Green on Friday 14th September.

Supporting the two title fights are no less than four further unbeaten
boxers from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Frankie Buglioni, Gary Corcoran,
Billy Morgan and Ediz Hussein, who are joined by Mitchell Smith and Steve
O?Meara, all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced ?40 (Standard seated) and ?60 (Ringside) for the Frank
Warren promoted Three Lions at York Hall on Friday the 14th of September
2012 are available on-line at? in person from the
TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town,
London E16 4SA.


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