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O’Donnell: I’ve had a few sleepless nights

21.03.07 - John O’Donnell admits he has had sleepless nights ahead of his next fight on Friday at the Nottingham Arena, but not at the thought of challenging for his first professional title. The welterweight, regarded as one of the most promising young talents in world boxing, faces fellow unbeaten prospect Stuart Elwell on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com ‘Cobra’s Hood’ event, headlined by Carl Froch’s 12-round International super middleweight fight against Sergey Tatevosyan..

O’Donnell, who spars with British and Commonwealth champion Froch, has assembled 14 wins since turning professional three years ago.

The 21-year-old will start as favourite against Elwell, (9-0), after finding life with a new baby as tough as life in the ring. The vacant English Welterweight Title will be on the line.

“We’ve got a three month old baby called Cody and he’s great, but also hard work,” said O’Donnell, a junior Olympic gold medalist.

“It has been tough because he just doesn’t stop crying. Boxing is easy compared to it!

“He was born on 19 December, but wasn’t due until January. He was kept in hospital for a bit but was okay.

“I was supposed to be fighting Elwell on January 19, but my mind wasn’t on it and of course my training was interrupted, so we all decided it was best if the fight was put back.

“Now I’m ready. With my routine I’m up early every morning at 6am to go running. When Cody first came home I used to have sleepless nights when she starting crying, but now I just move into the spare room and there are no problems!

“Having a baby has not softened me up though; it has made me more determined now I’ve got the family to support.”

Article posted on 21.03.2007



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