Boxing - McDonnell gunning for British title shot

After winning the Central Area title in September last year, Gavin McDonnell (7-0-1) finds himself taking part in another big fight on Friday night when he takes on Welsh fighter Paul Economides (13-3) in a British super-bantamweight title eliminator at the Doncaster Dome.

Boxing - McDonnell gunning for British title shot

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Gavin McDonnell looks to position himself for British title shot

McDonnell, the identical twin to IBF world title challenger Jamie, claimed the Central Area strap with a sixth round KO over Scott Gladwin. He now sees huge opportunities on the horizon should he beat Economides tomorrow.

Gavin turned pro in December 2010 and within a year he coasted to 4-0 without losing a round on the way. He then recorded a four round points draw with young novice Ashley Lane, but has since come back stronger with stoppage wins in his last two contests.

Is Gavin starting to feel comfortable in the professional ranks?

“Yeah, I’m feeling really settled as a pro now. It seems to suit me better the longer the fight goes on.

"I think that’s why I might have started getting some stoppages as with my good fitness level I seem to get to my opponent as the fight progresses.  A couple of my four rounder’s I nearly got the stoppage but just ran out of time."

There's hardly ever an easy fight in a British title eliminator. Moving up to this level, the fans expect to see two fighters worthy of contesting the coveted Lonsdale belt. Gavin knows that fighting Economides will be his toughest test to date, but is still confident of winning.

“I think as you progress every fight should be a bigger test. That’s the only way you get better, its no good taking a backward step after you have moved up a level.

"He’s a lot more experienced than the other lads I have beaten and knows his way around the ring. I know he is good for the ten round distance so I am well prepared for a tough fight.”

Gavin's brother Jamie won the British bantamweight belt with a win over Hackney stylist Ian Napa in 2010. Ever since he turned professional, Gavin has been dreaming of winning the title and can now see his dream is turning to reality.

“All fighters want to win the British belt. I know I am capable of it and the fact that I am so close to getting a title fight is starting to sink in. It’s great to win the title but what I would really love to do is defend it three times and win the belt outright. You gain so much experience fighting at this level which will help further my career.”

Gavin’s promoter, formidable ex-boxer Stefy Bull, is still relatively new to the promotional side of the sport. The last twelve months have seen him build a healthy stable of fighters in his Mexborough gym. At this moment in time, Gavin is leading the pack and Stefy expects big things from him.

Bull says: “The sky is the limit for Gavin. I will never forget being in the bar in France after Jamie won his European title, and Gavin announced he was going to turn pro.

“He only had five amateur contests (which included wins over John Murray and Ross Burkinshaw).  Now look at him. He's fighting in an eliminator for a British title in his 9th fight.

"The lad is 110% committed to boxing so there’s no reason why he cant reach the top.”

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