The Kildare featherweight southpaw headlines the big ‘Celtic Clash 10’ bill at The Devenish venue in Belfast this Saturday night [1 February] and was due to face Spanish champion Cristian Montilla. However, his plans were thrown into disarray with news that Montilla withdrew from the bout.
Reyes has caused shocks in the past, most notably derailing unbeaten prospect Israel Robles and defeating England’s Brad Watson. Never knocked out, the 26-year-old has only lost to the very best – including world champions Paul Butler and Ryan Burnett as well as European champions Thomas Masson and Marc Vidal.
It will certainly be a tough outing for 34-year-old Donovan who is kicking off a make-or-break year for his career. The former European and EU medallist and champion amateur has set himself an ultimatum, stating that he will need to claim continental honours or enter the Top 15 of the world rankings inside the next 12 months or else he will draw his storied career to a close.
First up on this journey, Josefat Reyes
‘Celtic Clash 10’ also features Kildare Town light welter Katelynn Phelan, Cavan light middle Dominic Donegan, Sligo Town welter Aaron Gethins, Tramore super middle Rhys Moran, North Belfast light middle Owen O’Neill, Crumlin light middle Tony McGlynn, and Leixlip light welter Senan Kelly.