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John Hutchinson the pretender to Ireland’s throne

A few weeks ago not even the fighter would have thought this opportunity would land as soon as it has done, let alone being able to create a little bit of Irish pugilistic history in doing so.

For the ‘Buncrana Banger,’ County Donegal’s unbeaten John Hutchinson (5-0-2; 1KO) the opportunity to become the first belt holder from there was too good an opportunity to pass up. In order to create history Hutchinson must surpass the Irish Peter Pan; the evergreen Peter McDonagh (21-28-1; 2KO’s).

With a wry smile upon his face Hutchinson alluded to this fact when talking about his upcoming fight for the vacant Irish Light Middleweight title. He said: “There’s never been an Irish champion from Donegal so it’s a massive opportunity for me to create a piece of history.

“The last fighter to even challenge for one was in the fifties so I will be looking to bring the belt home even if this is a tricky contest for me. To be honest I feel as though I am getting McDonagh at the right time.

“Not only is this a big fight for me, it is for him as well. He will be out to prove a point in that he has still got it especially as he has fallen just short in the title bouts he has had previously. I only found out about this a few weeks ago really but I like him as a fighter and, although tricky, facing him is a challenge that we were more than willing to take on.”

Under the expert guidance of the wily Brummie, Mark Wall, Hutchinson, and a Birmingham-born Irishman proud of his emerald routes, has had a training regime to be proud of in the quick-fire build-up. Not that anyone in the Prospects Boxing Academy would take this, or any other outing lightly.

Hutchinson added: “The training has been brilliant with Mark keeping me on my toes that much that I didn’t know he was doing so half the time.

“I’ve been back to Ireland and we’ve been in Wales doing some heavy duty sparring but I’ve not really seen anyone. I’ve not had the chance to. It quite literally has been a case of eat-sleep-train throughout it all.”
As for opposing the 36 year old McDonagh, Hutchinson is well aware of what he can bring to the table and refuses to look past that. He knows that victory on Saturday night under Reading’s bright lights will open up doors for him and that is what he will aim to do with a professional and accomplished performance.

“I’m ranked fourth back home in Ireland and I want that number one spot before pushing up the English rankings as well,” Hutchinson continued.

“I do need to get rounds under my belt to be able to do that though so eight and ten rounders are a given for me now. Winning this, against someone like McDonagh, will open up further opportunities for me and lead to more title chances in the near future.

“That’s why people can expect a changed and smarter John. I’ll be coming out improved and stronger and it’s going to be a ten round fight with the makings of an Irish Classic that’s for sure so may the best man win; I’m in it for the long haul.”
John Hutchinson opposes Peter McDonagh for the vacant Irish Light Middleweight title over ten threes on the Hennessy Sports, Live on Channel Five card topped by the new MaxiNutrition tournaments’ first two quarter-finals in Bob Ajisafe vs. Dean Francis for the British Light Heavyweight, and Leon Senior vs. Tony Hill for the Southern Area Light Heavyweight titles.