Eric Donovan wants to keep the good vibes coming on the Irish pro fighting scene when he goes up against Csaba Kovacs at the National Stadium next week.

Donovan brushed aside the challenge of rugged Polish slugger Damian Lawniczak on his debut in June and now steps up a level against 'The Transilvanian Terror’ Kovacs.

With his sights set on capturing an Irish - and eventually world - title as quickly as possible, the 31-year-old Athy man is on a mission.

"The Irish pro boxing scene is really buzzing at the moment," said Donovan.

I want to get that Irish title as soon as I can and Kovacs is another step up the ladder that I am impatient to climb

"Andy Lee is hunting another world title shot, Carl Frampton is one of the best in the world and with Paddy Barnes, Mick Conlan and Katie Taylor all turning pro very soon, it is very promising.

"We’ve been looking for a quick step up in class after my debut and as soon as I heard Kovacs was prepared to come to Ireland to fight me I jumped at the chance.

"Kovacs has won more than he has lost and is no stranger from fighting in other people's backyards including enjoying a couple of upset victories in England, so I won’t be taking him lightly."

Donovan is ranked amongst Europe's top amateur boxers for almost a decade, chalking up five Elite titles from bantamweight through to lightweight, a Four Nations gold, European Union bronze medal and a bronze at the 2010 European championships in Moscow.

Having made the call to go pro, he's fully aware he can't afford to rest on his laurels.

"I want to get that Irish title as soon as I can and Kovacs is another step up the ladder that I am impatient to climb," he said.

"There have been rumblings on social media about a potential fight with the winner of Dublin’s Declan Geraghty and James Tennyson who fight each other for the Irish title soon.

"As soon as I have an eight-round fight then I officially qualify to be able put my name forward for the Irish title, and I will be targeting them then. I haven’t got time to waste so I want that title wrapped around my waist within a year."