PADDY DONOVAN says the memory of Kevin Sheehy is inspiring the next generation of Limerick boxers to become idols.
Former champions Andy Lee and Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey have been rivaling young Pact County athletes looking for inspiration.
Now, they are also fighting to honor their deceased best friend Sheehy, who was murdered in July 2019 at the age of 20.
The talented heavyweight is aiming for Paris 2024 as he gets his prime cut, with killer Logan Jackson last month being sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of killing the boxer.
Donovan, one of Sheehy’s closest friends, joined the News Ireland podcast The Rocky Road this week with St Francis coach Ken Moore in tribute to the man, boxer, friend and teammate.
Talented male tennis player Donovan – coached and managed by former WBO world middleweight champion Lee – said Sheehy remains the pride of Limerick.
Recalling their amateur days, he said: “After this, I won a lot of national titles. Most days, more than all the other teammates, I’ll be the medalist.
“But the times we had Kevin get off the bus with my brother Edward with the national medal on his neck, it was a huge privilege for me.
“And it was a happy moment for me, not only to win for myself, but to share it with other boxers in Limerick City, other fighters who are on their way to becoming world champions. enemy.
“That is great for the city and its people.”
Despite suffering a terrible loss to Sheehy, Limerick boxing is booming once again, just as it was in Lee and Casey’s years from 2004-2014.
Donovan’s younger brother Edward is also an undefeated professional tennis player with an admirable army and a stellar amateur career behind him, as is brother-in-law Jason Harty.
And fighters like Jamie Morrissey (2-0), Graham McCormack (6-1) and Lee Reeves (8-1) are wowing fans with their gripping performances and paradoxical stories.
As for Paddy Donovan (right), who returns to the ring next month, it’s all tied together by a desire to honor Sheehy.
He said: “It’s such a great feeling to have Limerick at such a high level right now with young boxers juggling between amateurs and pros.
“People like Kenneth Moore at the Limerick club are bringing in young stars to give them the opportunity that I have right now.
“And that’s all we wanted – to be successful and be idols. Be idols like Andy Lee and Willie Casey, friends like them.
“Most of the young boxers in Limerick now were formerly friends of Kevin.
“We are a very close family of friends, we train together a lot. Even when we are at different clubs and different gyms, we still meet and train together, and in our social lives we continue to be friends. .
“It’s a very tight area and group of people. We support each other and the city truly supports all the warriors within it. And that really helps us.
“We are a very strong community and that is how we want to maintain it.”
Donovan’s next fight is on a world title bill in Glasgow.
He is one of only three Irishmen to have a Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall tag for Taylor’s undisputed world lightweight champion title on February 26.
Olympian Kurt Walker makes his professional debut tonight, as does Donovan’s former amateur rival Kieran Molloy.
All three are signed to Bob Arum’s Top Promoter Program, who have expanded their Irish interest later this year.
Donovan has been a professional player since 2019 but has only fought twice for each in 2020 and 2021. His family has suffered a few deaths while he has also had to bid farewell to injuries.
Now, the slick academic weight division, considered by many to be Ireland’s brightest boxing prospect, is on the way.
He added: “I am training very hard and the preparations are going very well for this fight. Camp has begun – so does the diet!
“It was a big battle and a big loss on February 26, a big Top Rank show, so we had to prepare well.
“We’ve had a very difficult 2021 on and off the field, so we’ll do our best in 2022, set big goals, train hard and hopefully we can finish. they”.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/boxing/8229271/paddy-donovan-kevin-sheehy-murder-limerick-boxer/ Paddy Donovan says the memory of murdered boxer Kevin Sheehy is inspiring the next generation of Limerick fighters